Location Awareness – GPS can be cool but…..

Technology…the continuing boon of mankind, especially in the advent of wired AND wireless communication. I use four primary wireless communication devices: A Mac G5 Dual processor desktop and/or Mac G4 desktop, a laptop (Toshiba Satellite and Powerbook G4) with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, my Blackberry Curve smartphone, and an iPod Touch 2G. The creation of the Air Force’s Global Positioning System, or GPS has allowed anyone on the earth to determine exactly where they are on the earth. Since then, many vendors have manufactured GPS-enabled devices to harness this technology. Fast forward to today with the many uses of wireless devices and software applications developed for and embedded into cellphones, pdas, etc and you have the capability to now share with the world a very accurate representation of where you are in a very small envelope of time. Many of you reading this use this “apps” on a regular basis: Brightkite, Ubertwitter, Loopt, and tons of others allow not just people on your social networks, but the entire world, know where you are, depending on how you have your communication prefereneces configured for the location awareness app(s) you use. Many, if not all, of these apps allow you to send maps of where you are located based upon associated latitude and longitude coordinates given by the GPS system. You can send photos with your camera enabled device also associating your location. Frankly, I think it’s a fascinating aspect of communications technology that definitely bares its pros.

Last year I read a VERY good article in Wired Magazine about an iPhone user who decided to conduct a little experiment using the location awareness capability of his iPhone. The experiment was very interesting and for anyone interested in the social aspect of location awareness, I suggest it as recommended reading…the article is here.

As freely as it is used, I believe there should also be some thought in how freely one does use it. I’ve heard of many occasions where people tweeted, or otherwise posted there location over some timeframe which yield unfortunate results. One example was a business man who tweeted he was going on a business trip for a week and the location for the trip, only to return home and find his house…..robbed. Coincidence, maybe…but making your location easily aware to the public, along with the ancillary information u provided with it, should at least garner some thought as to what the consequences could be.

On a related note, I recently read a blog post by someone who I consider a super tech girl. (lol) and fellow Twitter user about how the EXIF data that digital cameras transmit (via wirelessly or not) can include the location and time of where that picture was taken (called “geotagging”) depending on if the hosting site of the pic strips out that data. One negative aspect of this is if the pic contained the outside of your house, or even the inside of it, complete with your VERY expensive belongings….you know where I am going with this. I also came across a great article on Lifehacker about how location awareness can change your life.

I love technology and embrace it, but the best uses of technology occur with the greatest exercise of common sense! Just some food for thought..stay hungry.

Thanks for the read….


Feenin’ for my satellite radio…ugh


It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post, so….hello! LOL.

For the last week or so, I’ve been in a rental car while my regular ride is in the body shop. While I miss my regular auto and all the amenities therein, I really miss my satellite radio.

Mannnn….with the variety of programming provided by satellite radio, I really have found out how much I miss it when I start listening to…………urban contemporary radio. I’m really not hatin’ and yes I am post 40 years old but….where… is the talent in today’s urban contemporary R&B??? Somebody? The keyword, I believe, in this phrase is “contemporary”, which in itself (by default) describes the state of today’s R&B…most of it anyway.

Technology has made it such that anyone with some modest computer skills or (hardware and/or software) can compose music (if you want to call it that, in some instances)…or “beats” (ugh). Ok, a good deal of you reading this know I am a musician. I play three instruments, guitar, bass, and keyboards, in that order. Beats…..are what I know to be the drums and percussions in a song. Me, I like to make “beats” as part of my songs. Am I clownin’ the phrase “beats” (a term that has become all encompassing in computer and electronic music production systems), yeah…I am. I’m clowning it only because making popular music today, especially in the urban circles, has been really watered down and devoid of any true musical knowledge of theory and arranging. Gone (in urban music) is “the band”…the only known remnant of such today would be….The Roots. In no other genre (save genres of electronic dance music which never had bands anyway, except in the early days with the likes Devo, Kraftwerk, etc) of music is “the band” really dead, especially rock and country music. I think that fact draws a direct correlation to the lack of *musical* talent in popular urban contemporary music.

Is there anything *wrong* with where urban contemporary music has evolved to? No, I don’t think so. I do think that the music has evolved, but incompletely…the “talent” was left behind for the most part. I believe hip-hop has had the greatest evolution of any genre that I have listened to (especially being a listener BEFORE it went commercial radio). The evolution of those in charge of A&R has a great deal to do with where the music is as well. For years the marketing of R&B as long been about what the street says is hot…flash and show vs talent. Long gone are the long multiyear contracts for artists for various reasons, but with that leaves the great anticipation of your favorite artist coming out with a release of jams every year (I know some of u remember this….(wink)).

The music industry has evolved, as a whole, not necessarily for the best (in my own mind). I don’t think listeners in their 20’s would necessarily agree but, just as I was, it’s what you’re are continually force fed (as is said) or exposed to commercially that you determine as normal, and even good.

I’m sure my parents and yours would probably expound on the state of music I grew up on as teenager/young adult, in the same way I am in this post. I think the difference here versus then would be the inclusion of actual musical talent in what I was growing up listening to, versus what is prevalent now. There was a surge of “neo soul” that was big, seems like we just came off the “throwback” era of current artists bringing back that true soul sound (I actually like Raphael Saadiq’s “100 Yard Dash), etc…but they don’t appear to be fueled by the record industry with respect to what is “hot” and selling.

In defense of urban contemporary music, I would never say it takes no talent to create what is in heavy rotation. It does take talent to leverage the technology of recording to manifest the end product, it’s the theory, love and joy of learning to compose on a musical instrument that is lacking. I, too, am an electronic musician as well and love some of the genres that are strictly electronic (hence my features of such on my weekly podcast). I think the advent of technology will continue to make such a desire to learn an instrument diminish as times go by…IF…such a desire is not kept alive through various means (people and programs, etc).

As for satellite radio and especially internet radio, they both give a welcomed alternative to commercial radio. Couple that with the state of music distribution via the internet, the entire recording industry IS evolving. I miss my XM, not just because I dont have to deal with commercials every 10 mins either. I hope to have my ride back next week.

What are your thoughts?


“Saggin’ “

Saggin Pants

This was passed onto me by an old HS friend. While you have probably heard this story (the backwards spelling of the word), I have seen other than black men sporting what they call this “fad”.

The bottom line is….conduct and present yourself with some dignity…Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Irish…WHATEVER!! Stop the ignorance.

The message is as follows….

Pass this on to Our Youth, Our Parents, Our (not only) Black Men and Women
Letter from a college student

The other day, a friend of mine visited me in the lobby of my dorm just to
chat while her laundry was drying. As we were chatting, two young freshmen came
by. One of the 2 boys wanted to ‘talk’ to my friend (as in date). She
asked him how old they were, and both of the boys replied 18. My friend and I
both laughed hysterically because we are both 22 years old. After my friend left, the young men were still hanging around and one wanted
to know how he could gain her interest.

The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants! He asked why, and
then said he liked saggin ‘ his pants. I told him to come over to my
computer and spell the word saggin’. Then I told him to write the word
saggin ‘ backwards.

N-I-G- G-A-S
I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago. It was the intent
of slave owners to demoralize the field workers by forbidding them to wear a
belt as they worked in the fields or at any other rigorous job. In addition,
men in prison wore their pants low when they were “spoken for”. The
other reason their pants looked like that was they were not allowed to have
belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide. And, saggin’
pants prevents you from running.

We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change. We are dying.
The media has made a mockery of the Black American. Even our brothers and
sisters from Africa don’t take us seriously. Something as simple as pulling
up your pants and standing with your head held high could make the biggest
difference in the world’s perception of us. It is time to do right by
ourselves. We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to do that
for us. It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what reality to
them is. We have to change not only the media’s perception of us, but we
need to change our perception of ourselves.
Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman. All
eyes are on your Black Child. People point the finger at us and expect us to
engage in negative and illegal activities, to manifest loud, boisterous
behavior, to spend our hard earned money in their stores, buying goods we
don’t need, or really want. We have allowed not only the media, but the
government and the world to portray us as a ‘sub-culture. ‘ They have
stripped our culture down to the point where the image of Black people is
perpetuated as rappers, athletes, drug users, and consumers of junk food,
expensive tennis shoes, expensive cars, expensive TVs, cell phones and not
investing in homes for our families.

We are so much more!!!!!!!
To all our Black Men : It’s time to stand up. There are billions of
Black Women who want to do nothing more than worship the ground that you walk
on. We are so in love with your potential. We want to have your back, we want
to love, support20and cherish every ounce of your being. But with that you have
to show that you are willing to be the head of our households. You have to
prove yourselves worthy of our submission. We need you to be hard working…Not
a hustler. We need you to seek higher education, to seek spirituality. We need
you to stand! And trust us; we will have your back. We know that it gets hard.
We know you get weary. Trust and believe that there is nothing that a Black
Man and a Black Woman can’t handle with GOD on their side.

To all our Black Women : It is also time for you to stand up. It is time
for you to stop using our bodies as our primary form of communication. It is
time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs spoke of. You cannot sit by the
wayside while our men are dying by the masses. You are the epitome of Black
Love. It starts within you. You need to speak with conviction to let not only
our Black Men know, but the world, that you are the Mothers of this world. You
are so powerful. You are so beautiful. You need to love and embrace every
blessing God has given us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

For all our Black Children : We need to love them. We need to teach them.
We need to stand up for them. We need to protect them. We need to show them
that there are no ‘get rich quick’ schemes. We need to tell them that
they WILL die trying if they submit to a life of crime and deceit. We need to
teach our children that no one will love them the way we can. And being a
basketball player, a rapper, or a drug dealer is not reality. It’s not
realistic and only a small percentage of people ever make it as a rapper or
professional athlete. We need to teach our children that we can be more than
rappers and athletes. We can be the owners of these sports teams. We can be
the CEO’s of OUR fortune 500 companies. We need to believe in literacy.

Please Keep This Going & Have a wonderful day

The Ten P’s of Prosperity – Number 3: Pen and Paper

Greetings readers. Here is the third “P” (or I should say “P”s from motivational speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor from her list of life-guiding principles.

Number 3: Pen and Paper: Thou shalt write down thy goals. Think it, then ink it. Be specific, have a target date, and review them often.

I’d like to add a phrase I often write at the top of my to-do list everyday: “Failing to plan means planning to fail, so plan the work, then work the plan.”

I tend to subscribe to this one regularly, but as you may guess, the key is executing the goals in the best way possible. Writing is only the beginning!

I hope these have been foundationally useful. Stay tuned for Number 4 soon….


The Ten P’s of Prosperity – Number 2: Prepare and Plan

Good day….

As promised, from the series The Ten P’s of Prosperity, motivational speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor brings us yet another *jewel* of great advice and direction.

Here’s “P” number 2: Prepare and Plan

[ok, so technically there are two P’s, but u get the drift] 🙂

Thou shalt get organized, make necessary contacts, calls or calendar dates. Gather your materials and resources and get started today! Overcome the greatest enemies to your wealth and health” procrastination and laziness Procrastination is a thief

That other P-word, procrastination….I will be the first to raise my hand in concurrence regarding how much of a thief it is!

I hope you’re finding these life guidelines as helpful as I am

Stay tuned for “P” Number Three soon!

It’s all about positive flow…


The Ten P’s of Prosperity – Number 1: People

Good morning. I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. In going through some old magazines I wanted to discard, I came across an article that featured 10 basic rules for achievement, put together by motivational speaker and author Jewel Diamond Taylor (JewelMotivates@aol.com). Jewel took the model of the great 10 commandments and fashioned her tips accordingly. Starting today, I’ll post a different “P” for prosperity. I clipped the article and keep a copy in my planner as well as on my Blackberry. Follow them, and the 10 Commandments and chart big successes!

Here’s “P” number one: People

Thou shalt surround thyself with positive, caring, supportive, networking, productive, and like-minded people. Success is contagious!

Stay tuned for “P” Number Two soon!

It’s all about positive flow…



Valuable (and often untapped) scholarship and program information for our youth. Please circulate. Remember they are the future!


FREE!! MIT announces its MITES Program, (Minority
Introduction to Engineering and Science), a challenging 6
week summer program that prepares promising rising seniors
for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected,
all educational, housing, meals and activity costs are
covered. You must, however, pay for your own transportation
to and from MIT. To apply, go to http://mit.edu/mites/www

Apprenticeship program (summer) – This program places
academically talented H.S. students (at least 16 yrs old,
sophomores/ juniors) with interest in science & math in
Dept. of Defense laboratories for an 8-wk period over the
summer. This is an invaluable experience in the world of
scientific research, with hands-on exposure to scientific
& engineering practices not available in the HS
environment. It is a paid apprenticeship ($2,000) and the
students are assigned a scientist or engineer as their
mentor. To apply online or get more information about the
program: http://www.usaeop.com. Students must submit their
transcript (minimum GPA 3.0) and teacher recommendation to
the program director for consideration and daily
transportation is the student’s responsibility. Program
runs from June 22 – August 14, 2009.

FREE!! Princeton University announces its Summer Journalism
Program for low-income sophomores or juniors with at least a
3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) who have an interest in journalism.
The cost is free including travel costs to and from
Princeton! Apply now! Go to www.princeton..edu/sjp

FREE!! The National Center for Health Marketing’s
Global Health Odyssey Museum is pleased to offer the 2009
CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC). DDC is an academic day
camp for students who will be high school juniors and
seniors during the 2009-2010 school year. Campers will take
on the roles of disease detectives and learn how CDC
safeguards the nation’s health. The camp will be offered
twice from June 22-26 and July 13-17. For more info and to
apply to go www.cdc.gov/gcc/exhibit/camp.htm.

FREE!! The American Legion sponsors a week-long summer
leadership program called Boys State. This year’s
program will be held at McDaniel College in Westminster,
Maryland from June 21-27. If you are a junior interested in
a leadership opportunity see your guidance counselor right
away for more information.

The Leadership Center at Morehouse College presents the
2009 Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program. There are 2
programs, one for male students completing their sophomore
or junior year, and the other for male students completing
their senior year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
(on a 4.0 scale). The curriculum focuses on personal and
interpersonal leadership skills. The program runs from June
20 to June 26. The cost is $400.00. To apply, go to
www.morehouse.edu. Application access is listed under
“Events at the Leadership Center.”

NASA sponsors the National Space Club Scholars Program, a 6
week summer internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight
Center. It is open to students who will be 16 years old and
have completed the 10th grade by June 2009, have
demonstrated high academic success, and have an interest in
space science or engineering as a career. Applicants must be
U.S. citizens. Applications are available in the Career
Center or online at
www.education.gsfc.nasa.gov/pages/placement.html Apply now!

University of Maryland, College Park: Women in Engineering,
E2@UMD, July 12-18 or July 19-25; rising juniors and
seniors. Go to www.wie.umd.edu/precollege or call

University of Maryland Young Scholars Program targets
rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record
and a desire to excel to experience college life while
earning three academic credits. 14 courses are offered for
three weeks from July 12 – 31, 2009. Visit

CITY YEAR, WASHINGTON DC (AmeriCorps) – Graduating seniors
who are not sure what they want to do after high school
should consider applying for a paid community service
position with City Year, Washington, DC., a group of 17-24
year olds committed to full-time service for ten months in
the Washington, DC community. Benefits include: living
stipend ($200 per week), health care coverage, free metro
pass, and $4,725 educational scholarship. For more info:
www.cityyear.org or email: cmurphy@cityyear.org/dc or call:
202-776-7780, Amanda Seligman. Recruitment open houses will
be held once a month at their headquarters:20918 U Street,
NW, 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20001.

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Nursing Program/free tuition

If you know of anyone between 18-28 years old, interested
in the Nursing field, University of the District of Columbia
(UDC) is offering FREE tuition, FREE books, a $250 monthly
stipend, and guaranteed job placement as a nurse at
Providence Hospital upon graduation (it’s a 3 year
program) with a starting salary of $40,000.

The program is recruiting new students now!! Please contact

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Reducing Stressssssssssssssssssssssss….

1. Start the day right. Save all that frantic wasted time used in the morning to prepare for the day. Spend the night before preparing for the next day.
2. Declutter your space. It takes energy to keep possessions in working order or dusted. Get rid of the stuff that’s broken or missing a part.
3. Learn to say “no.” Don’t overload your schedule with more tasks, more jobs, more volunteer time. It’s OK to say no.
4. Turn off the TV. We waste too much time sitting in front of the TV. Curb how many hours the TV is on. And before you pick up the remote control, ask yourself if there are activities to share with the family, or entertainment, like a museum visit or play, that you’ve been putting off.
5. Commit to number one. When the demands of work, parenthood, or household chores get you down, it’s time to schedule a date with yourself. Whether it’s every Sunday night or 20 minutes each morning, the important thing is to make a plan and stick to it.
6. Find a sanctuary. Escape to a place to enjoy peaceful solitude.
7. Be spontaneous. Spontaneity is key to feeling like you’re in control of your own destiny. Every once in a while, a change in routine can spark your spirits and your energy.
8. Live beneath your means. Did you know that 80% of America’s self-made millionaires are frugal? If you want to achieve economic independence, try buying only what you can afford, not what you think you need. See how long you can go without cashing a check, charging on credit, or buying anything. You’ll be amazed how ingenious and inventive you can be.
9. Rewrite the course of your day. When the newspaper’s horoscope doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, write your own, using words that make you feel great. Or start jotting down phrases you like on slips of paper, put them in a box, and pick as many as you need to start the day.
10. Listen to your body. You know what your biological clock prefers. Indulge it and watch your productivity grow
Realistic? I think so….what about u?

peace (literally),


Your life right now is the result of the things you have done up until this point in time. If you want your life to be different, you will need to make changes.
Wishing for a better life won’t make it so. In order for “things” to change, you must be willing to change. That means getting out of your comfort zone. It means facing your fears. It means you may need to change your career, your friends, the food you eat, the clothes you wear, where you live, your daily schedule.
You are remarkably adaptable. If you’ve made it this far, you have already gone through many major changes in all aspects of your life. From being an infant to a toddler to a child to a teen to an adult, the first few years of your life were filled with constant change. You are certainly up to the task.
Almost always, the fear of change, the fear of the unknown, is worse than the change itself. Once you understand this, then you realize that it is easier to change than to resist change.
There are things you need to do, changes you need to make. Go ahead with them. Don’t waste your energy fearing them or resisting them. Dive right in and do what needs to be done. Change is a constant part of life. When you fear it, it will happen anyway, out of your control. When you embrace change, it will enable you to reach your goals.
-Ralph Marston –