Be the Match today (September 1st, 2009)

Brad Woodwoth with twin 3 year old boysBrad Woodworth, father of twin 3 year old boys, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) on April 13, 2009. Brad’s doctors want him to now have the life saving Bone Marrow Transplant. We only want to find a match for Brad, but also to educate the public on the easy registering and the painless donor experience. Please take time to register and be one step closer to saving a life.

Be the Match Registry is a national registry of bone marrow donors. When someone is in need of a bone marrow transplant, they turn to this registry to find a matching donor.

They are holding a registration event today for donors in Leawood, Kansas at the Church of the Resurrection from 8am to 8pm.

Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe  Boulevard
Leawood, Kansas 66224

To join, you only need to be between the ages of 18 and 60, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines.

*This information was originally posted on the Nottingham Forest South neighborhood website by Larry and Pat Woodworth.

Off topic: Google April Fool’s Joke

This is a bit off topic for this blog, but I love April Fool’s jokes. The first joke played on me today was from Google Mobile. Apparently, Google can now search your Brain with “Google Brain Search”. Just hold your phone up to your head while Google indexes your brain. Screen shots from my iPhone are below:

 

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A sign of the times…

via Local Onliner

It was perhaps inevitable, but the first newspaper has made the decision to abandon print and go “online only.” The Cincinnati Post, a 126 year-old paper owned by E.W. Scripps, published its final edition on Dec. 31 at the end of a Joint Operating Agreement with Gannett, which owns The Cincinnati Enquirer, the dominant paper in town. Henceforth, it will publish KYPost.com.

This should be interesting to watch.

What I found in my closet

I went back to my hometown, Kansas City, for a presentation. I stayed at my parents house and found a book called, “My first book about Basic”. Bill Gates signed the inside of the front cover. My mom tells me that I was in second grade when he signed it. Pretty cool.

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Email Etiquette

Reply All and Other Email Gaffes” is a good article for anyone who sends email. I send an average of 50 emails per day and I see all the mistakes that people make when emailing. (Don’t tell anyone, but I even learned a few things myself from this article.)

I would highly recommend this for our board members or other neighborhood leaders who have to deal with community feedback and other email that is public. Often times, as a board member, you have to handle upset or even irate residents that aren’t so kind on email. My advice is to keep your cool, even when they aren’t. It’s so easy to read emotion into an email and want to respond or “flame” that person back. But when you do, it always turns into a bad situation. The article says it best, “e-mail is not the place to make negative comments.”

The only thing in the article that I disagree with is the “Poor editing” rule. Typo’s are a way of life online. Everything is published so quickly, and the message is rarely lost because of a misspelling or two. I’ve emailed with CEO’s who refuse to use capital letters in their email. (Not sure how that’s possible when Outlook automatically does it for you in most cases. Maybe they’re not using Outlook.) On the other hand, when you’re applying for a job or want to leave an impression, you might just give that email another look.

Candlelight Vigil for Kelsey

Out of respect for Kelsey, I’m going to refrain from posting my typical stuff about technology and the web.

Our hearts go out to Kelsey’s family in their time of loss. I have two younger sisters as well as a daughter of my own, and this is my worst nightmare. It’s unimagineable for something like this to happen in our beautiful city of Overland Park.

There will be a candlelight vigil tonight. Here’s the details:

Candlelight Vigil for Kelsey
Shawnee Mission West High School
Marching Band Practice Field
June 7, 8:30 p.m.

Due to construction, park in the Antioch parking lot and enter the field from the north side. Please carpool. Candles will be provided.

Additionally, the family has set up a Kelsey Smith Fund. The details are on the new site that was moved to Blogger:

http://www.findkelsey.com/