Archive for August, 2009

A hysterectomy in 140 characters or less

August 31, 2009 2 Comments

St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids says it is the first to twittercast a surgery in Iowa. This morning I logged on at 10 a.m. to follow along. The communications team took short descriptions from the medical team in OR 2 and put them out into the twittersphere. They also posted pictures and answered questions from […]

Continue Reading »

Back to school: Technology meets fashion

August 25, 2009 0 Comments
Back to school: Technology meets fashion

It seems like every media outlet is pushing its Top Ten Tech items for the back to school crowd. The Poynter Institute has an interesting piece on how expert lists are the new overrated traffic drivers, but that’s a whole different issue. My own list is much shorter and much less exciting than many of […]

Continue Reading »

The power of the pea-shooter

August 24, 2009 0 Comments

This weekend, news came out that traditional CPR, and specifically chest compressions, may be more effective than some of the more complicated techniques used in emergency rooms. Like all good teenage babysitters, I decided CPR was a necessary and marketable skill set. So, I signed up for a summer session to get my CPR certification […]

Continue Reading »

Calling all female tech geeks

August 20, 2009 0 Comments

Tired of flipping through a conference agenda and seeing a long list of male speakers? Or are you a female tech expert, looking to line up a speaking engagement? Geekspeakr is hoping to level the gender playing field when it comes to technology experts. The site features an all female line-up of potential panelists on […]

Continue Reading »

Twitter Earthquake Detector

August 19, 2009 0 Comments
Twitter Earthquake Detector

One of my college buddies (@JasonLambKTUU)¬†works up in Alaska and was updating Twitter with info following their 5.2 magnitude earthquake today. The most interesting thing he shared was the U.S. Geological Survey’s Twitter Earthquake Detector (@USGSted). Using federal stimulus money, a grad student is developing a way to use tweets to track the areas affected […]

Continue Reading »

The SEC compromise

August 18, 2009 0 Comments

A follow-up on yesterday’s post about the SEC banning social media at games. According to Mashable, the new compromise: updates and photos are okay, video is still out. It’s a step in the right direction, but still going to be difficult to enforce.

Continue Reading »

SEC says no to social media

August 17, 2009 1 Comment
SEC says no to social media

Stopped by Mashable for my morning tech fix and had to roll my eyes at the SEC (Southeastern Conference). According to the St. Petersburg Times, the SEC is expected to release a final version of its new media policy today. And from what I’m gathering from online chatter, fans are hoping for some major revisions. […]

Continue Reading »

Social media is not a fad

August 14, 2009 0 Comments

Continue Reading »

Z Wireless Textathon

August 13, 2009 0 Comments
Z Wireless Textathon

Think you’re the best texter around? Well, now you can put that to the test. This weekend, Z Wireless is holding a Textathon in eastern Iowa. Preliminary rounds will be held at the Z Wireless locations in Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. Then, the 10 winners will compete the following weekend¬†at the Blairs Ferry […]

Continue Reading »

The best part of waking up…

August 10, 2009 1 Comment

I’ve seen this New York Times article dissected a dozen ways today, so I feel compelled to add my own two cents. The general gist – While people used to wait until they were at work to go online, new data shows that technology is now a huge part of our mornings. The first thing […]

Continue Reading »