Recent Tweets for Fri July 10, 2009







Fri Jul 10 1:57 PM
Happy Friday! A few backlogged portraits updated. Lydia and Ms Asphyxia http://flic.kr/p/6DDjss http://flic.kr/p/6DDjt3 #photog
Fri Jul 10 12:59 PM
@remotesynth Nice, I didn't even know Cringely was still writing columns since he parted with PBS. I used to read them every week.
Fri Jul 10 12:41 PM
@chrisadragna This is old news since Labs was first published under Macromedia. Wiki was a canned app, and a better one in CF didn't exist
Fri Jul 10 12:38 PM
New Portrait: Twelve Feet (@tangon) #photog #photo http://flic.kr/p/6DBkmU (posting again for Left Coast peeps just waking up)
Fri Jul 10 12:05 PM
According to @klout, I'm influential to these peeps: @stevei @claymgarrett @styggiti @coldfusionPaul @ranarula. http://bit.ly/14VD7D
Fri Jul 10 11:45 AM
@photonconcepts Thanks for the #FF!
Fri Jul 10 10:51 AM
New Portrait: Twelve Feet (@tangon) #photog #photo http://flic.kr/p/6DBkmU
Fri Jul 10 9:54 AM
Oh no, Geocities is closing. Sniff. That was my first place on the web back in 1994. I'm gonna miss my blink tags.
Thu Jul 09 10:03 PM
According to @klout, I'm influenced by these peeps: @demirkapi @ryanstewart @cfjedimaster @reboog711 @jeffcrossphoto. http://bit.ly/14VD7D
Thu Jul 09 9:16 PM
If my brain were as big as @pfreitag's I would be serious danger of having my head explode into a million bits




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Concord Community Swim and Health Center To Open Soon

The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is nearing completion. The state of the art facility continues to accept charter memberships until the middle of February '06.

UPDATE: The opening date has been pushed out to April 18, 2006
Read about the Grand Opening of the Beede Center.


The facility will have the following features:

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Geocities Guestbook - Recovered

Before this blog on TalkingTree.com, and before TalkingTree.com at all, I began a homepage with Geocities back in 1994, my first experience with homepage wizards or any kind of content management. Soon after getting hooked on HTML, I began building a laberynth of photo galleries and personal information, and after a couple of years I had managed to hack together some form of a Guestbook form on my own. Well, I know that Guestbooks are so 90's, but nevertheless I've rescued my Geocities Guestbook off Archive.org and am republishing it here...

Name: Jeremy Reines
Date: April 22, 2001

Hi Stephen: Loved your web. Great photos, I am sure you are going to love my site as well. I have just launched the MOST AMAZING virtual tour of Madrid at www.multimadrid.com and I would love for you to place my mini Java refresh live Plaza Mayor image on your website, if you place it on your links page I will include your URL in on my Madrid Webs dropdown menu, you can see more about htis program I have created at http://www.multimadrid.com/mm_info/madrid_webs.htm

Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon,

Jeremy Reines...
www.multimadrid.com




Name: ylse sanchez
Date: April 19, 2001

Hi Steve,

Hace mucho que no se nada de ti, aunque no nos conocimos personalmente, se que eres un buen chico y espero estemos en contacto. Como sabes, estoy en Alemania con mi esposo y ahora espero un bb, estoy feliz. Recibe muchos carinos y escribeme pronto.

Tu amiga, Ylse


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TalkingTree Blog joins up with GalaxyGoo Blog


I've recently had the honor to be invited as a guest blogger on GalaxyGoo which emphasizes the unique nexus of web technology and science. Today I've made my first introductory post to GalaxyGoo Blog. Since I've never had an "About Me" section on TalkingTree.com, I'm reposting my GalaxyGoo blog entry here to serve just that purpose.



About Me
Hello, my name is Steven Erat and I'm the new kid on the GalaxyGoo block, er..., blog. I've been invited by Kristin Henry of GalaxyGoo to contribute blog entries based on my experience in both scientific research and software development. You might even know me already from my blog on TalkingTree.com or through my employer Macromedia.

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Hurray For The Proposed Harvard Stem Cell Research Center

It's not every day that I find an article about someone I know as the front page story of the Boston Globe. I was very pleased this past Sunday to read about Harvard University's initiative to launch a center for the study of human embryonic stem cells, and as a follow-on to the main article about fund-raising for the proposed center there was an article about Dr. Ole Isacson of Mclean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Harvard's new center will be comprised of an amalgamation of various existing laboratories throughout the greater Boston area, including Mclean Hospital. Since the federal government currently limits funding of stem cell research to existing (aged) cell lines while prohibiting funding for research conducted from newly generated cell lines, Harvard is skirting the ban by funding its center through privately raised money.

Dr. Isacson, a professor of neuroscience and a director for the center of regeneration at Mclean, focuses on the transplanation of fetal brain tissue into the degenerated area of the brain for those afflicted by Parkinson's disease [listen]. The brains of Parkinson's patients exhibit a degeneration of the Basal Ganglia (striata or corpus striatum), a dopaminergic center of the brain involved in (extra pyramidal) regulation of fine movement (or motor control). Some degree of this type of degeneration occurs "normally" in the aging process and can be noticed by the slight shaking of the hand of an elderly person for example, but this condition is exacerbated in Parkinson's patients to the point of spasms and the complete inability to walk or sit still. A type of cell therapy to treat Parkinsons harvests young cells from that part of fetal mamalian brain that would normally develop into the Basal Ganglia (corpus striatum), and transplant it into the equivalent area of the host brain in the patient. The transplanted cells would recognize the cellular signals given off by neighboring areas of the brain, which would cue the cells to develop normally and replace those that have died in that brain area. Those cells have been shown to take hold in the patient's brain, develop properly, and begin producing dopamine, hopefully in the desired levels to restore the neural networks that govern fine control of movement. The result is the amelioriation of Parkinson's symptoms indefinitely. Some day this type of therapy may be replaced by the use of neural tissues grown from embryonic stem cells instead.

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First Snowfall for Fall 2003

First snow in Concord 2003

Well, snow fans, the day has finally arrived. Today is the first snowfall in Massachusetts this season, and the webcam has captured it all. If a few snapshots just don't do it for you, then you can always relish this short video from where ever you are...


Seems an appropriate time to quote from my favorite Nothern Exposure character, Chris Stevens, played by John Corbett. Chris read this poem over KBHR radio during the December 1993 episode.




Oh the snow the beautiful snow
filling the sky and earth below.
Over the house tops and over the streets,
over the heads of people you meet.
Dancing flirting skimming along.
Oh the snow the beautiful snow
how the flakes gather and laugh as they go.
Whirling about in their maddening fun
it plays in its glee with everyone.
Chasing laughing hurrying by
it lights on the face and sparkles the eye.
And even the dogs with a bark and a bound
snap at the crystals that eddy around.
The town is alive and its heart in a glow
to welcome the coming of beautiful snow.


Later I found the souce here...

Tufts Large Animal Hospital

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A short photo gallery of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. I worked in the large animal hospital as a veterinary technician from 1996 to 2000, mostly on weekends and some weeknights, in addition to my regular day job for the USDA Neuroscience in Boston. Many thanks to Lynn Schad not only for having the confidence to hire me, but for teaching me with patience, and recommending me when I applied to Allaire.

I apologize for the poor image quality of some photos. Those photos were taken from the floppy disk that was returned with the developed photos, part of the package that CVS provided back in 1997.

The PBS Program Nova followed the class of 1997 during their 4 years at the hospital to produce the documentary Animal Hospital. During their 4th year, students are no longer in classes, but instead rotate through major segments of the hospital such as small animal, large animal, wildlife clinic, etc... Part of my responsibility there was to help the students learn emergency room treatment during real animal crises. Many of the students seen in the video including Marty, Noelle, and Rosario shared the LAH with me during their rotation.


View Photo Gallery or check out the class of 1997, class of 1999, or class of 2000.

Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua



On several occassions I traveled to the town of Ciudad Delicias, in the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico. This would usually entail a flight to El Paso, Texas followed by a blazing hot, 6 hour bus ride past the border town of Ciudad Juarez into the desert of Chihuahua.

See also this trip to Mexico's Copper Canyon


Photo gallery

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