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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
“In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer,” as stated by breastcancer.org. As for 2012, the National Cancer Institute estimates that, “226,870 women will be diagnosed.” Despite their diagnosis, these women fight against breast cancer. There are stories of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately, survival.
This story follows a 9-1-1 supervisor who stayed strong and fought against a now common threat to women all over the world. A co-worker and friend who shared in her experience joined her for the interview below. This story of survival features Deb Pallett.Post Views: 185
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello folks and here’s one more post for Tech Thursday! While searching the net for some awesome and interesting topics for you I found something that may assist you in every day cell phone use and another that is just plain creepy yet fun. So let’s start with the iPhone 4 and lower. By now you have all seen the commercials for Siri, the assistant that comes built into the new iPhone 4S. Siri answers many questions and can help with making calls, email, text messages, set appointments, and much much more. Apple has already made it clear that Siri will be an exclusive feature to the iPhone 4S so the rest of us are left to drool with envy. What’s good is that there is a way to simulate what Siri does.
Out of all the apps I found, I felt that the best was Vlingo and Dragon Dictation. Although I’ve used both and if I had to choose just one I’d go with Vlingo. Don’t get me wrong, Dragon Diction is awesome and it’s pretty accurate but once you speak and the text is written out for you there is still the pain of having to copy and paste into a text message field or status update. With Vlingo you can say something like, “Text Rebecca, message, What should we have for dinner tonight?” Vlingo will then transfer everything you’ve said into a text message and open your native texting client leaving you with one thing to do; press the send button. The same goes for status updates on Facebook and Twitter. You simply speak what you want and off it goes. It’s not the same as Siri but it’s close enough. There are some hackers who have found a way to port Siri to older iPhones, but I recommend staying away from it completely. Not only is it illegal but it can seriously destroy your iPhone.
Let’s now put Siri aside for a moment and look at something creepy yet fun. We’ve all seen movies that are based in the future where people have barcodes that holds information on person right? Well, what if you could generate your own barcode? A site called, “Barcode Yourself” is out there and you can do just that. It gives an explanation on how it works but I’ll let you go through that yourself. Once you get started you will be asked your age, sex, location, height, and weight. There might be a couple more questions but once you are finished a barcode will be generated with the information you gave for yourself. It’s kind of creepy to think that this could actually happen but for now it’s all in good fun. After finishing your barcode you can print it, promote it, or save it for future use. You can even tattoo yourself if you felt so inclined. I attached mine to this post as an example and make sure to check it out. Also, don’t forget to take a peek at Vlingo and Dragon Dictation with the links provided below. Happy Barcoding and cheers!Post Views: 272
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Office Space, “A comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss,” says IMDb.com. The movie is a classic but let’s look at one portion of the synopsis, “company workers who hate their jobs.” The characters in the movie indeed hate their jobs but what if deep down they hated it because they knew that is was slowly killing them? Interesting is it not? The characters are portrayed as stressed out, crazed, and manic yet it’s done with a sense of humor. All jokes aside, my career behind a desk has spanned over 13 years and the stress is real. There are many health risks that come from sitting for long hours but you don’t have to take my word for it.
Could sitting at my desk job be killing me softly?
According to CNN on a feature for Health.com, “Studies suggest that sitting for hours on end is harmful, regardless of a person’s overall calorie intake or physical activity.” How much more harmful can it be to our bodies? We’re just sitting there, right? In no way are we lifting anything heavy so what could go wrong? Within the same article featured on CNN,
“extended daily TV watching and time on the computer–which, like desk jobs, involve long periods of time sitting still–have been linked to a greater risk of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of health problems that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.”
The studies linking desk jobs or sitting for that matter and health problems are staggering. MSNBC featured an article by Men’s Health saying, “A 2006 University of Minnesota study found that from 1980 to 2000, the percentage of people who reported exercising regularly remained the same—but the amount of time people spent sitting rose by 8 percent.” So it appears that people are exercising but it doesn’t do a lot of good if we continue to sit on our rears. Now if that wasn’t enough, sitting for long periods can also affect our posture.
“For instance, if you spend a lot of time with your shoulders and upper back slumped over a keyboard, this eventually becomes your normal posture,” says Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., a Men’s Health advisor and physical therapist in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hartman continued to say, “That’s not just an issue in terms of how you look; it frequently leads to chronic neck and shoulder pain,”
Still want a cozy desk job? A desk job may seem like the way to go but if you fall into the land of inactivity then you may experience some health issues. Below is an infographic featured on Mashable.com, which shows the risks and what can be done to combat them.Post Views: 178