|January 17, 2019|
Last year I blogged about some interesting facts on the Great Molasses Flood. However, one of the things that were left out was the mention of a small sign at the site.
The sign is small and is somewhat hidden along a stone wall. Most people may not notice the marker.
Here's the text on the marker:
Boston Molasses Flood
On January 15, 1919, a molasses tank at 529 Commercial Street exploded under pressure, killing 21 people. A 40-foot wave of molasses buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inundated the neighborhood. Structural defects in the tank combined with unseasonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster.
- The Bostonian Society
The marker is located between the two baseball fields on Commercial Street. Here's a picture of the area with a red arrow pointing to the Great Molasses Flood Marker.
If you want to set your GPS, heres the exact location on Google Maps.
|January 16, 2019|
Apple's iPhone used four different location functionalities: Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS.
These are used to identify your exact location and used by any application that uses the Location settings.
These are the exact same services that were on the iPhone 6s Plus. The iPhone XS Max doesn't add any new location services or functionality.
The location support hasn't changed much over the years. I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about each of the location services on the iPhone.
Assisted GPS makes location tracking faster and uses other sources to correctly identify the location of the phone. For example, if you're in a shopping mall, you may not have a strong GPS signal. Assisted GPS will use Cell Tower distance as well as ISP information to pinpoint your exact location.
Assisted GPS functionality is actually a hidden cost that your cellular provider will charge you. On Verizon, this will appear as "Time & Location" under System Services. On other providers, they may show it as "data access." To cut down on the amount of "data access" simply disable location services to Apps where you don't need them.
Assisted GPS is a FCC requirement to make cell phone location data available for 911 operators.
There are 31 active GPS satellites in orbit.
GLONASS is an acronym for Globalnaya Navigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema which translates to Global Navigation Satellite System. It's a GPS system developed by the Russian Federation in the 1980s.
It's an alternative Global tracking system to help with precision location tracking. By itself, it's not a strong as the standard GPS system. However, combined with the standard GPS system, it helps the accuracy of the location coverage.
There are 24 active satellites in orbit.
Galileo was created so that the European Union wouldn't have to depend on the United States GPS system. Initially, the civilian signal was stronger than the GPS. In 2000, that changed when President Clinton changed the GPS civilian access to be the same as the military access.
Galileo has 18 operational satellites available all around the world.
There are currently 18 satellites in orbit.
The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System is a project of the Japanese government for the development of a four-satellite regional time transfer system. Its primary focus area is in the Asia-Oceania region with a focus of Japan.
There are 4 active satellites in orbit.
|January 15, 2019|
Good news for Celiacs! On January 2nd, ImmusanT secured a fast-track for it's Nexvax2 as a vaccine for people with celiac disease. It's currently in Phase 2 of testing.
The FDA only grants fast track status to certain drugs when there is an unmet need for medicine with serious or life-threatening conditions.
"Nexvax2 will improve quality of life and prevent the serious complications of chronic gluten exposure in celiac disease patients. The development of Nexvax2 aligns with our strategic vision of transforming how patients with autoimmune diseases are treated.” - Leslie Williams CEO of ImmusanT in a recent press release
Fast Track to stage two testing does not increase the chances the drug will be approved, it's just a way that the FDA to move the drug along the process quicker.
A phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study of Nexvax2. This study will evaluate efficacy of Nexvax2 administered subcutaneously. The study plan consists of 3 periods: a screening period of 6 weeks, an approximately 16 week treatment period, and a 4-week post-treatment observational follow-up.
To be considered for the trial you must be:
Unfortunately my 8-year-old daughter is not eligible for the study. If the trial is successful, hopefully, they come up with a children's version.
If you meet the simple criteria, why not be part of the study? On the Clinical Trial page is the locations where the trials are occurring. Simply contact the person nearest to you.
Oddly enough there is no trial in Massachusetts, which is the location of ImmusanT.
The trial will end on September 2019.
|January 14, 2019|
One of the most popular Commuter Rail stations is the Framingham MBTA station. Every day hundreds of commuters start their commute from this station.
I created an Alexa Skill to find out when the next train leaves to Boston - based on the current schedule.
This can be useful if you need to take the train at off times - such as on weekends or in the afternoons.
For each train, I added a bonus tip. It's a little something interesting about that particular train.
Simply search for Framingham MBTA in the Alexa app. If this becomes very popular, I'll add other locations and tips
|January 13, 2019|
Back on October 2006, I blogged about getting CShells storage containers. It was a quick blog of the advantages of getting CShells
These are great containers to safely hold CDs or DVDs. They are strong lightweight covers that are more durable than a standard CD case.
They are great when giving someone CDs or DVDs as a gift.
I have been running low on my supply at home. As we have been giving CShell’s with CDs/DVDs out for various birthday events.
I was very happy to see that BuyCShells.com was still in business. I purchased 50 pack of classic clear for $18.60 plus $17.25 for a total of $35.85. That comes out to $1.39 a CShell.
A 100 would have cost $54.69, including ground shipping, which is $.55 a CShell. This would have been a better option - and probably the quantity that I would order for the next time.
I compared the case to the ones that I ordered in 2006 and they are the same quality. It's nice to know that 13-years later that they aren't cheap versions of a classic storage container.
|January 12, 2019|
If your looking for a site with lots of created text designs, textfx.co is the place to go. There are 92 different text designs to choose from. Many of the designs allow you to customize the colors and styles. It's a great place to go when you're looking for the perfect graphic for the blog or newsletter.
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|January 11, 2019|
GoPro is a really cool camera. It's great because you can set it up and record videos over a long period - such as time-lapse or recording going down the slopes.
The camera lens on the GoPro is a “Fish Eye” type of lens that can make some shots look a bit weird. This can easily be fixed in post-production without impacting the overall shot.
Unfortunately it is not possible to fix in iMovie. You'll need to use a different Movie Editor or use something like liquivid Video Fisheye Removal ($7.99) to fix the clip.
I recommend getting Wondershare's Filmora since it offers a lot of very cool functionality.
It's really easy to fix GoPro Video clips in Filmora. First, Upload your video to your computer, the easy way is to connect the GoPro cable to the computer and open up Photos. Then drag/drop the clips to the dashboard.
The good thing about this is that you get a “live feed” of the changes, so you can see what works best for your particular shot.
This is a Timelapse video clip using the GoPro 7 Silver on the Framingham/Worcester MBTA Commuter Rail.
|January 10, 2019|
The Boston Public Gardens will soon get a new memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr. The memorial is to not only commemorate the work that Marin Luther King and Coretta Scott King did but also to demonstrate that much work needs to be done.
The memorial will be located in the Boston Public Commons between the Armstrong Path and Liberty Mall near the State House.
Location of the King Monument.
Boston was where Marin Luther King and Coretta Scott King met for the first time while they both were going to school. Martin Luther King went to Boston University and Coretta Scott King went to New England Conservatory of Music.
The King Boston organization plans to raise $15 million for the Boston Commons project. So far, the group has raised about $4.5 million. Paul English, technology entrepreneur, donated $1 million, and the Lewis Family Foundation had also donated $1 million.
Early last year, the King Boston organization put out a design requests for the memorial. They received 126 submissions from around the world. In May, they narrowed the field down to five finalists.
'Boston's King Memorial'
David Adjaye and Adam Pendleton with FuturePace
'Empty Pulpit Monument'
Barbara Chase-Riboud with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Hank Willis Thomas with MASS Design Group
'The Ripple Effects'
Wodiczko + Bonder and Maryann Thompson Architects
'Avenue Of Peace'
Designs came from the King Boston foundation's website - added the team names to the images.
King Boston was to announce the winner of the design in December 2018. No announcement has been made yet. (Perhaps an announcement will be made on Marin Lither King day?)
|January 9, 2019|
After 3-months, I have settled with a new case for my iPhone XS Max. I now have the Evutec Phone Case for iPhone Xs Max 6.5 inch, [Northill Series] Premium Leather + TPU Shockproof Interior Slim Protective Case-Canvas/Black.
Some of the things I like about the new case:
This is the first iPhone that I have purchased where I am not going to get put on a front screen protector. The protector on my last phone came off about a year ago and I didn't encounter any scratch issues with the screen.
The iPhone XS Max is using Corning's Gorilla Glass 6. It's been shown to be the most scratch resistant and shatter resistant glass ever available on any smartphone.
|January 8, 2019|
We like to label boxes and Tupperware that the contents are gluten-free. This helps at school so they know the contents are safe for my daughter. It's also good at parties so that people can see that gluten-free foods look good.
We use the labels from Gluten Free Stickers because they are simple and stand out on anything that we put them on. They also last through many Tupperware washing - in some cases, longer than the Tupperware!
We don't place the stickers on every single ziplock bag. For school, it's usually placed on food containers that are for food events such as snacks for Extended Day or when she brings in cookies for treats.
These labels are very helpful and the quality is great! You're not getting cheap paper labels!
Check out Gluten Free Stickers. We recommend getting the Gluten Free Label roll so that you'll never run out of stickers when you need it.
|January 7, 2019|
Over the past few years, my quotes page has gotten a fair amount of traffic. I decided to put some of the quotes in a new Alexa Skill.
Enjoy a nice bit of business inspiration whenever you need it.
Simply ask Alexa to Install the Happy Inspirational Quotes, or search for the skill in the Alexa app.
There are three ways to run this skill:
Check out the online collection - started collecting off/on since 2000. Basically, I look for some quotes that seem unique and worthy of putting on the page.
|January 6, 2019|
Notion is quietly gaining popularity as an alternative solution to a personal productive tool.
One of the cool things about Notion is the ability to have icons with your pages. Here are some recent icons that I created that better help identify the page content in the navigation panel.
These are all in the 280 x 280 is the recommended size.
|January 5, 2019|
Chalk board writing can add a nice effect with some words and phrases.
What's nice about PosterGen Chalkboard generator is that you can create cool looking chalk designs for blogs, slack and social media. You can also have these same designs printed in high quality for hanging in the office or lunchroom. It's a good way to make announcements stand out.
There are lots of configuration options, but I have found the default option to be very good.
All of our artwork is available as a gallery wrapped canvas, framed print, or a large format poster. Each of these options is additionally available in a variety of sizes to perfectly fit into your home decor.
|January 4, 2019|
Apple's Dock is a great way to quickly launch all your everyday applications. Simply click on the icon.
But what if you want to access other applications? Usually, it involves Spotlight or opening up the Application folder.
TabLauncher lite is a better way to launch applications that are used often. With TabLauncher there are category tabs on the side of the screen where you can access applications quickly and easily. Now you can combine work-related apps, or graphics apps into simple categories that's easy to find and launch.
TabLauncher will help you find and launch your favorite programs, web pages, folders, or any type of files in a fast and easy way. Taking up fewer resources as possible, and allowing you to personalize the appearance in many ways, by changing colors, images, transparency, animations, and many other options to make it blend in with your desktop.
TabLauncher Lite uses a lot less memory than LaunchBar. This might be a good solution for computers that don't have a lot of memory.
LaunchBar: 584.4 MB
Tab Launcher Lite: 85.1 MB
LaunchBar does offer a lot more features than launching applications, but if that's all you need to do then TabLauncher might be a good solution.
|January 3, 2019|
The Oneida Football Club, founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1862, was the first organized team to play any kind of football in the United States.
In 1925, a monument was placed nearby the field that the OneIda Football club played.
Text on the Marker
On this field the Oneida Football Club of Boston, the first organized football club in the United States played against all comers from 1862 to 1865 The Oneida Goal was never crossed. This monument is placed on Boston Commons on November 1925, by the seven surviving members of the team.
The monument is located near the Beacon Street Mall path in the Parade Grounds area of the Boston Public Gardens. It's between the Solder's and Sailors Monument and Beacon Street. The nearest T stop would be the Boylston Street station.
|January 2, 2019|
Portrait Mode is the ability to take a picture of a person and have the background blurred out. This cool effect uses both cameras on the iPhone XS Max and figures out the foreground and background. Portrait Mode is available in the rear and front camera.
You have control of the background Depth using the built-in editor.
Using Portrait Mode on the iPhone XS Max, I was able to take a great picture of our dog.
|January 1, 2019|
Happy New Year 2019!
Most supermarkets keep all the gluten-free alternative items together. This makes it easy to find all the bagels/breakfast goods available.
In Market Basket, you can find all the gluten free bread and pastries in the back freezer, near the Produce and Meat departments.
Just make sure to double check the items, recently I spotted the following:
I was excited to see that there was a new item in the case. However, this isn’t gluten free - there is no Cinnabon Product that is gluten-free. Katz does make a gluten free cinnamon roll, which is probably the product that should be displayed in the case.
Some people may not really pay attention and just assume that it is since it’s with all the gluten free breakfast goods.
Just a simple reminder to always check the packaging - especially if it’s a new product.
Looking forward to finding all sorts of new products in 2019.
|December 31, 2018|
QA was a new topic added this year. The goal was to post useful tools and techniques that I use all the time.
In December, I changed the Monday post to focus more on Amazon Alexa apps that I recently created. QA Post should return sometime in January 2019.
Here is the most useful post that I found this year.
In 2019, I plan to focus more on techniques and strategies in QA testing. Together we'll learn how an increase in features and functionality doesn't matter as long as you have a good weekly testing strategy - which includes automation.
I am looking forward to learning more and sharing some cool QA tools.
|December 30, 2018|
Sunday posts are an open topic day, it's a chance to blog about something that doesn't fit in any of the regular categories.
You may not agree with these, but these are the post that stands out from all other Sunday posts.
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