Saturday, March 31, 2018

1 week until PodCamp WesternMass - April 7 - save and buy your tickets today!

I am part of the organizing committee for the social media learning and sharing event. If you would like additional details, feel free to reach out and ask. This is where I go to learn what is or isn't working in the social media world.

Tickets are $45 today, $50 April 1, or $15 for students. Holyoke is only a 90 minute drive!

1 week until PodCamp WesternMass - April 7 - save and buy your tickets today!
Welcome to PodCamp - image by Seth Kaye Photography

PodCamp Western Mass #10

April 7, 2018
Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College
April 2018

PodCamp WesternMass #10 is a week away...

And in case you've been wondering whether PodCamp is for you, here are 5 Reasons why you should join us:
  1. If you're an absolute beginner (or nearly so), we have sessions for you. It's an unconference for everyone, at every stage of the game. 
  2. If you have experience or tips to share, your bringing that to the community is what fuels PodCamp. Help facilitate a session or just schmooze in the hallways. It's all valuable.
  3. Meet others who are on the path with you - running a business, starting a new one, doing community work, or just learning how to get the word out better. We're all in this together!
  4. Hang out and make friends. Seriously! This is an event that has the super-power of attracting the nicest people. We don't know quite why....we just know it's true.
  5. Did we mention the food? Your ticket price includes coffee in the morning, a delicious healthy lunch and happy hour snacks at our 4:30 gathering at Slainte. So, no need to pack a lunch, just grab your laptop, a smart phone, tablet or a pad of paper.  
Your ticket price includes:
  • Coffee and tea when you arrive
  • 5 Classroom sessions of your choosing
  • A fabulous, healthy lunch, including gluten-free & dairy-free options
  • Networking happy hour with munchies
If you already bought your ticket, we can't wait to see you! And because sharing is caring, please forward this to a friend or colleague who should be there with you!

Get your tickets here.

If you have any questions, just hit reply. We'd love to hear from you!

See you soon,
The PodCamp Organizing Team

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

"I have not forgotten the face of my father"

Or my mother for that matter. I am re-reading Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series while my birthday rolls around. Yes, the birthday does come around once a year. It will take awhile to finish re-reading the series but that should be done before my next birthday comes around again.

If you would like to do something special, I would have you consider a donation to the Honor Flight organization. Honor Flight brings World War II veterans to Washington, DC. To see the memorials they fought for.

My brothers and I were fortunate to bring Dad there while he could get around. He treasured that trip. Your help to bring the few WW II veterans that are left while they can go, is worth it.

And since I have not forgotten the face of my mother (who left us at too young an age) I'd also suggest a contribution to the American Cancer Society. Cancer took both Mom and Dad.

Another photo at Division St. Would be later in the 70's I think.
Mom and Dad at Division St. (in the 70's )

Honor Flight

American Cancer Society

Monday, October 09, 2017

Columbus Day, time to explore

Knowing that I had not posted an audio recording for a while (actually since June) I was surprised to read a recent email from AudioBoom about changes to the account. The free version I had been using apparently changed on Aug 30 and since I haven't used it since then, and haven't accepted the new terms and conditions, I am in an interesting spot.

The terms and conditions concern me:

What permissions am I giving when I post?
You’re giving us free, non-exclusive, worldwide, transferable permission (including the right to sub-licence that permission) to:
  • use, copy, adapt, amend, publish, transmit, display and make the whole or any part of it available in any form, by any media, whether on a commercial or non-commercial basis, including the right to add advertising to that content, provided you have opted into our advertising agreement. You accept that this permission, allows us to make your content available to the rest of the world via the platform and through our embed functionality (or any other distribution method now known or later developed) on third party platforms and services and for the content to be listened to and used in accordance with the functionality of our services and
  • edit and take excerpts from it to incorporate into promotional content to promote the platform, third parties that advertise via the platform and/or other providers of content to the platform, in all formats and in all media.

I have no intention of giving them the rights outlined. I have been keeping an ad free platform since the beginning and will continue to do so. I have no problem with paying for a service., However a service that grants ability to "use, copy, adapt, amend, publish, transmit, display and make the whole or any part of it available in any form, by any media, whether on a commercial or non-commercial basis" is not something I will do.

I will resume audio posts but use a different service to do so.

Happy exploring this Columbus Day!

Columbus Day, time to explore
Columbus Day, time to explore

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Another 6 Kettles

The "Band of Brewers" visited Deja Brew a couple of weeks ago to do another 6 kettles. Our total now (since 2006) is 307 kettles.

We'll bottle to bring home the following:

Goibniu = (blank) A Great rendition of a true Scottish Ale
Lawnmower Lager = L A great summer beer, easy to quaff whilst using power tools
Oktoberfest Beir = O A slight fruity accent with a deep gold color
O'Malley Stout = (flag) Delicious version of Murphy’s Irish Stout
Stunner = AKA A creamy British Pub style pale ale “stunning colour”
Whale Tail Ale IPA = WT Our version of Harpoon’s IPA. A damned fine beer!!

Another 6 Kettles

Saturday, June 10, 2017

RIP: Joseph J Proulx

Joseph J. Proulx, 88, of West Warwick passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in West Warwick, RI. Joseph was the husband of Constance R. (Ricci) Proulx with whom he would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on September 13. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Aimable E. and Margaret C. (Selmanie) Proulx.

Joe's life will be remembered by how wonderful of a demeanor he had as a husband, father and grandfather. He set great examples of being a hard worker, a family man and a Christian. His four daughters gave him unconditional love, only to be overshadowed by the gift of being a grandfather.

He entered the Navy at the age of seventeen and continued his education after being discharged. He had a long career at the Davisville Seabee Base in North Kingstown, RI then worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington D.C. for a brief time before retiring.

He was not one to sit around. In the mix of his two government careers, Joe had been a self-taught carpenter and used his skills on a scale from small wood carvings to building homes. He entertained his down time by working with counted cross stitching and watching various birds snack at his bird feeder.

Besides his wife Connie, he is survived by four daughters: Dolores P. Sherlock (husband Stephen) of Franklin, MA, Catherine A. Reirden (husband Bruce) of Summerville, SC, Diane M. Taylor (husband Dave) of Baltimore, MD and Joanne C. Gordon (husband Barrie) of Burlington, MA; five grandchildren: Jeffrey Reirden, Allison Sherlock, Mark Gordon, Carolyn Morgan and Joseph Gordon.
He is predeceased by his two grandsons: Kevin Reirden and Jonathan Daily and his nine siblings: Eulalia Doyle, Margaret Costigan, Delores (Sister Mary Constantine), Irving Proulx, Donald Proulx, Clarence Proulx, Richard Proulx, Robert Proulx and Alma Laliberte.

Funeral from Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick on Saturday, June 10 at 8:45 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Gregory The Great, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick, RI at 10:00 AM.

Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, RI.

Calling hours will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., PO Box 41659, Providence, RI 02940.

RIP: Joseph J Proulx
RIP: Joseph J Proulx