|07/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Summer Song|
“I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the
La Folie en tête (Mad in Pursuit)
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Is it just me, or is everybody actually enduring a heat wave somewhere today?
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGNgcRwKW4Q - Summer Song - Joe Satriani, live, 2006
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/18/11 - "Hot Weather Warnings!!!":
temperature is going to reach extremely high levels today,
Well, someone sent it to me!!!!!
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today
Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA
Mannie Smith ('57)
Mullins Brown ('70) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX!
Happy Birthday this week to:
22 - Jerry Saunders ('57)AND Bryce Bartel ( Brighton High , UT - '04) of UT;
Newell Blayton ('57)
Bettie Bracey Gosner ('57);
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0719.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/07/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest - April Ann Stokes" AND From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 07/09/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest - Greyson":
Here's the deal, Chickadees: we'll carry both
babies' links here through the end of the month:
From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 07/18/11 - "A bit of time traveling in the Internet age":
Being a proud uncle, I had to send the below to you. You may wish to include the picture and the website in your next edition for those who wish to read the entire article under Lloyd Nelson's name - or you may wish to separate Lloyd and Michael out. I believe the article is too long to take up space in your website.
Michael L. Nelson (Denbigh High School, Class of 1987), who is the son of Lloyd Nelson (NNHS, Class of 1961), is featured in the Metro section of today's Washington Post. Michael has made quite a name for himself at Old Dominion University and is well respected within the geek (those who know how to operate a computer and other electronic devices from the inside out) community. I really envy those who have this talent. It took me until about 1955 to learn how to operate a telephone.
Michael is with the Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He holds a doctoral degree in computer science.
I have included the printed text below; however, you can go to the following website to read the article. The printed version and the online version of the Post's articles always have a slightly different headline. Why this is so is beyond me.
I got the below picture from the online story. The printed edition has only a small picture of Michael's head.
Another topic: Would you be kind enough to put the Navy seal by my name on the following page? I was on active duty for 6 years after college and stayed in the Active Reserves, retiring with full benefits after 21 years.
Thanks much; and I trust this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and happiness.
Old Dominion U. professor is trying to save Internet history
The Washington Post, Metro, Monday, July 18, 2011, B1
What if you woke up tomorrow and all of your painstakingly edited YouTube videos were gone, your 4,000-entry Twitter feed erased and your lovingly tended Facebook page deleted?
Michael Nelson, a computer science professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia, is thinking those terrible thoughts. His research team has spent the past couple of years studying how much of the Internet is being saved — what portion of the vast sea of online ephemera is preserved in some permanent archive.
“We’re sort of stuck in this perpetual now,” Nelson said. “Figuring out what was on the Web an hour ago, a day ago, a week ago, we’re really bad at that.”
|Michael Nelson is a computer scientist at Old Dominion University.|
|Image courtesy of Old Dominion University|
Joseph JaJa, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland and a fellow time traveler, is working on another tool that would allow a search of the archived Internet as it existed at a time of one’s choosing.
“The Internet now is the main communication and publication medium,” JaJa said. “If we don’t preserve it, we lose a good part of our cultural heritage.”
Computer users who think their Flickr photos and Facebook updates last forever could be in for a shock. The average life of an Internet page is about 100 days. When Nelson’s team surveyed users about lost Web sites, they found many causes: service providers bought and sold; servers seized by police; page owners dying, leaving for college or simply losing interest.
Remember GeoCities? The community of user-designed pages — some termed it the Facebook of the 1990s — was shut down in 2009. Yahoo Video, a onetime YouTube rival, closed to user-generated content last year.
All of this runs counter to the notion that anything posted online, particularly if it is unflattering, is permanent. That is not true — although highly publicized online gaffes tend to endure because they are so easily copied.
Much of what has been published in the roughly two-decade history of the Internet is eminently disposable: 140-character musings on the weather, colorless corporate directories, personal ads and a seemingly endless photographic celebration of cats.
Yet scholars are growing concerned about the burgeoning quantity of creative work — Twitter aphorisms and blog posts, photographs and videos, even scholarly papers — that is “born digital,” without corporeal form and doomed to die online if it is not salvaged.
Future historians might want to study today’s online flat-stomach ads in the same way contemporary scholars ponder cigarette ads from magazines of the 1960s as a barometer of culture. Internet coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks may prove as historically resonant as TV coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
And biographers will be hard-pressed to chronicle President Obama’s profoundly digitized 2008 campaign without archival images of www.barackobama.com.
But much of that heritage is lost.
The Web, the global network of documents connected by the Internet, went online sometime after 1990. That is not so long ago. Yet, nearly all of its early content is gone because no one thought to preserve it.
“It was conceived without the notion of time and without the notion of archiving at its core,” said Herbert Van de Sompel, a computer scientist who works at Los Alamos and collaborates with Nelson.
The Internet Dark Ages ended in 1996, when Brewster Kahle, an entrepreneur, began preserving Web pages by the billions in the Internet Archive.
Every two months, Kahle’s nonprofit library dispatches a computer program that crawls through the Web and stores every page it finds, except those whose owners don’t wish to be found. Today, the archives hold 3 petabytes of information, which is the numeral three followed by 15 zeroes (there are a million gigabytes in one petabyte) — and it is one in a network of archives around the globe.
“Whoever is going to be president in 2048, she’s in high school now, and she may have a Web site, and we probably have it,” Kahle said.
The Internet of today is effectively infinite: a universe of more than 1 trillion unique pages, expanding by 200 million tweets every day and by 24 hours of YouTube video every minute.
One cannot divide by infinity. So, to estimate how much of the Web was being saved, Nelson and his colleagues took a sampling of 4,000 Web pages from four sources.
Their findings are messy but instructive. When Nelson’s team tracked Web pages chosen with search engines and selected more or less at random, it found that only 19 percent had been archived. When it tracked pages from Delicious, a social bookmarking site akin to Digg, it found that 68 percent had been preserved. Pages harvested from bitly, an address-shortening site, were less likely to be archived. But most pages taken from the Open Directory Project, a public index of Web sites, were saved for posterity.
The lesson: Popularity on the Web equals longevity. If your Web page has been bookmarked or indexed, it has received a measure of recognition and is more likely to endure. Preserving what is important now is easy: Important things are copied and shared, again and again. But what about things that will become important later? Twitter feeds from a yet-to-be-famous author or the YouTube offerings of the next Spielberg?
“Let’s assume that 99 percent of what’s on the Internet is” junk, said Matthew Kirschenbaum, an expert on technology in the humanities at U-Md. “That still leaves 1 percent. And if you think of how big the Internet is, even that 1 percent is a very big deal.”
© The Washington Post
This isn't too
long, Jack; it's too cool!
Items of this nature are and should be our primary interest here!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us all!
I've corrected the oversight of your missing naval seal; I'll go back and do more revisionist writing on back issues as time (and memory) allows.
It looks like we did some good after all! On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally (sponsored by We the INFORMED People). Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:
35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I'd laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth.
I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese- American, but I'd rather speak to you as an American.
If you hadn't noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people.
I am a proud US citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it and I am very proud of it.
I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can't even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.
35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. A t the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the US . Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California . It was a miracle from God.
If you haven't heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am.
This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn't know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience.
In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can't remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.
Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In someway and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here.
One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don't know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.
You see, America is not a place on the map, it isn't a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must buy into this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here.
Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can't speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages - last I looked on the Internet, there wasn't a Vietnamese translation of the US Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It's not easy, but if it's too easy, it's not worth doing.
Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.
A t this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.
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From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/18/11 - "Jokes & A Cute Story":
|Busy week. C u on the
Land Of Illusion---Looks like they went to a lot of trouble to make this.
Music--A trip back in time
Dire Straits--Money For Nothing
The Supremes--Love Child
A woman takes her 16-year-old daughter to the doctor.
"Okay, Mrs. Jones, what's the problem?"
The mother says, "It's my daughter, Debbie. She keeps getting these cravings, she's putting on weight, and she is sick most mornings."
The doctor gives Debbie a good examination, then turns to the mother and says, "Well, I don't know how to tell you this, but your Debbie is pregnant--about four months would be my guess."
The mother says, "Pregnant?! She can't be, she has never been left alone with a man! Have you, Debbie?"
Debbie says, "No mother! I've never even kissed a man!"
The doctor walked over to the window and stared outside. About five minutes passed before the mother said, "Is there something wrong out there, doctor?"
The doctor replied, "No, not at all. It's just that the last time anything like this happened, a star appeared in the east and three wise men came over the hill. I'm not going to miss it this time around!"
*-- Knock Knock... --*
Emma bit cold out here, can you let me in?
*-- Q and A Quickies --*
Q: Where would you look when purchasing felines via mail order?
A: In a Cat-a-log.
Q: What kind of school does a carpenter go to?
A: Boarding school.
Self-Improvement Wisdom Tip
Sometimes we allow our comfort zone to control our imagination, which may creatively be used against us. We relive our terrors, the justified fears, the guilt and shamefulness, which holds us to the past. Give yourself the freedom to dream without staying within your comfort zone. Try projecting your dreams into an optimistic future in place of your comfort zone’s fear of failure. An optimistic image of the future not only shows us how to get there, but it draws us to it, drawing us towards our dreams (outside the comfort zone), like a magnet.
There was only one president that was a preacher -- James Garfield.
President Lincoln owned only one home during his lifetime -- in Springfield, Illinois.
Aww, Sweet Story
My eight-year-old son Josees handed me five dollars as I sat down to eat dinner.
Josees had recently earned $15.00. He had been carrying the three five dollar bills with him constantly. It was his entire earthly monetary stash.
"Daddy, this is for being a real good father to El, Christian, George and me," Josees said as he smiled, handed me the $5 and walked away."
I mumbled "Thanks."
It caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting a child to part with a third of his fortune for such a reason.
I will treasure that five dollars on the day that I die because there is nothing that I can buy for five dollars that's worth more.
Do you owe anyone perhaps a token of appreciation?
...and a little child shall lead you.
~A MountainWings Original~
|This videography shows animals as they change their color, texture,
pattern, etc to match their surroundings or their appearance to other
When the video starts, click the little gray box in the upper right corner to make the screen full size. And watch the octopus at the end. It will blow your mind!
OH, WOW! Thanks again, Dools!
From www.ajokeaday.com - 07/18/11:
|A rather old fashioned lady, always quite
delicate and elegant, especially in her language, was planning a week's
holiday in Sydney with her husband, so she wrote to a particular camping
ground and asked for a reservation.
She wanted to make sure that the camping ground was fully equipped, but didn't know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter.
After much thought, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "Bathroom closet" but when she wrote it down, she still thought she was being too forward, so she started all over again, rewrote the letter, and referred to the bathroom closet as the B.C.
"Does the camping ground have its own B.C." is what she wrote.
Well, the camping ground owner wasn't a bit old fashioned, and he just couldn't figure out what the old lady was talking about, so he showed the letter around a few of the campers and the only thing they could come up with was that B.C. stood for Baptist Church, so he wrote the following reply.
I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure of informing you that a B.C. is located nine miles north of our camping ground, and is capable of seating 250 people at one time.
I admit that it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of campers go there and many take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive nice and early and stay quite late.
The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that there is a special supper planned there to raise money to buy more seats so that everyone will be able to sit in comfort.
I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part, just that I am so busy most of the time.
As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort to go, especially in the cold weather. If you decide to come down to our camping ground perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit with you and introduce you to all the other folks.
Remember this is a very friendly community.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, August 4, 2011 - The NNHS
Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month
at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard
in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of
'55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.
2. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
3. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pub AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News. DETAILS: http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1966/45th-Reunion-Letter-2011.doc; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at firstname.lastname@example.org -OPEN REUNION!
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: www.nnhs1961.org and contact Gary Fitzgerald at Fitz43@cox.net or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961
5. Saturday, August 27, 2011, NOON - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC
6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at email@example.com - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!
7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/05/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Joe Satriani's "Summer Song" midi courtesy ofhttp://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/redriver/825/rock.htm - 07/19/08
Image of Koith Morant's (of New Zealand) Painting, "Summer Song", courtesy ofhttp://www.ianpatrickfineart.com/KiethMorant.html - 07/19/08
Animated Fiery Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.worldfiredepartments.com/animations/lines.htm - 07/06/04
Brighton High School (UT) Logo courtesy of http://www.jordandistrict.org/schools/high/brighton/index.htm - 08/02/07
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