Twitter again proves it’s speed with #Austin plane crash & Joe Stack

Feb 18, 2010 by

Maybe I'm not the first to write this tonight, but I'm going to do it anyways–Twitter proved itself again as a lightning fast news source today.  Period.  Newcrash_193728a-2

I know I got the first tweet from the Austin American Statesman as soon as they posted the Twitpic link to the first photos that came in.  I quickly popped open Tweetdeck and created a new search topic and was in the know the rest of the day–a good five to 10 minutes most often before it was getting to CNN or FOX News. Maybe that doesn't mean a lot to some of you, but to me, a news junkie and a PR pro who has been in the business for almost 23 years, there is nothing like the adrenaline rush of knowing the news and knowing it first.

My "BREAKING" tweets immediately started going out to my Twitter followers simultaneously and instantly I saw multiple retweets. Once the name Joe Stack became known, I, like many others began to scour the corners of the Internet to find out what we could about him.  As soon as the purported suicide note was up, I was looking into WhoIs Lookup data and forwarding that on.  I read the document.  Pulled the source code all the while suspecting a fraud and at the same time thinking there would be no real way to create such a fraud in such short order, particularly with the WhoIs Lookup registered to a Joe Stack in the same area of Texas and way back in 2006.  67116445

As soon as the event happened, Twitter was saturated with photos of those who were at or near the scene of the crime. When I retweeted one post and apparently forgot to list the Tweeter, I got a phone call from the Associated Press in New York because the tweet said, "FBI on Scene: pictures of plane crash from a friend that works across the street (183 @ mopac, austin texas)" At 11:03 a.m. CST, which was within about 20 minutes of that post, the AP in New York, had my phone number and was calling to find my purported friend. For you skeptics of the power of Twitter, you need to reread this paragraph.

Ah, but I'm sure there are those out there are going to say, so what?  I saw it on the news tonight and I got all you got without having to be apart of it all.  Maybe so, but what if there had been other planes?  What if I'd had friends or relatives working in that building and I wanted to know how they were?  There are dozens of counters I could give back to you to answer such attempts to discount the shear power of what happened today.

Maybe a small percent of the world's population is actually using Twitter, but those of us who are, are getting our information FAST.  And what we get, we're then able to do some checking of our own to see if what we're hearing, seeing, feeling, etc. is real or not.  And in times of an emergency like today, that was comforting. 

And I'm sure there are those out there saying there was too much unverified information.  Well, I have to tell you, if you were a part of the Twitter stream associated with this event today, if someone posted something that was inaccurate, it may have gotten retweeted a couple of times, but then there was just as quick an effort for the information to be corrected.  I saw one guy post that it was the IRS office about 30 minutes before anyone else ran with it. I think most people stayed away from such until it was verified.   0217stack

That gave me a good feeling about citizen journalism, because it worked today.  Real people fed the news stream and they flooded it in ways that TV and radio stations just can't do anymore without help.  I'm glad to have been a part of such a sophisticated process.  It's light years ahead of the way things were when I was a runner for the Auburn Opelika News back in 1984 and to file a story I had to type it in on a roll of brown paper towels.

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WhoIs Lookup Data for Joe Stack’s Web site from suicide note

Feb 18, 2010 by

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925 E Hwy 80
San Marcos, TX 78666


Administrative Contact:
Stack, Joe
925 E Hwy 80
San Marcos, TX 78666
Technical Contact:
Stack, Joe
925 E Hwy 80
San Marcos, TX 78666

Registration Service Provider:
Everyones Internet,

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 16-Sep-2006.
Record expires on 05-Jun-2010.
Record created on 05-Jun-2003.

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Domain status: ok

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Current Registrar: TUCOWS INC.
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Server Type: Apache 2
Lock Status: ok
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Snowpocolypse in DFW–Video and Pictures of the 2010 Winter Miracle

Feb 13, 2010 by

I’m catching up with the video I shot during the past couple of days during this historic snow event here in North Texas.  Yeah, compared to the snow I’ve been in in Northern Michigan as a kid, or the snow we were in while visiting Yosemite in December 2007, it’s not much.  But we did get about 9-10 inches here in Balch Springs, TX and that made it the largest single-day total ever recorded.

So the question now becomes, did I build an Al Gore Snowman? 

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EA SPORTS Active users, Wiimoms: Good things to remember for working out

Jan 25, 2010 by

The EA SPORTS Active programs have some great tips in them and the More Workouts, which was released in October, really stepped up the game by adding in the warm up and cool down routines in the workouts for every day.  

In reading this article, 10 Fitness Habits You Never Knew Were Bad, I think there are many good points for all of us who use the Wii workout programs that we wouldn't otherwise hear because we're not going to a gym and getting a real live trainer.  For instance, point number 1:

Not eating breakfast – consider that by the time you wake, at least six hours has passed since your last meal — and you’re also probably dehydrated. Top that off with a cup of coffee and now you’ve just spiked your energy levels. With no foundation to carry you until lunch, you end up gorging anything when you do have lunch. Your body is starving for nutrition and nutrition gives you the energy you need to workout (effectively).  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, cleverly identifies breakfast as having the capacity to "literally break your fast after sleeping all night." If you’re not a breakfast person, become one. Start small. Prepare oatmeal on the weekends, refrigerate and use in a protein shake during the week. Add some healthy, low-fat yogurt and you now have a nutrient dense morning meal that will carry you until lunch. Muffins, Danish or croissants contain zero nutritional value. Tip: keep a jar of peanut butter at work and eat with an apple or mix some in with yogurt.

I did a 400+ calorie workout today.  I've never been one to really take the whole stretching before and after bit seriously.  But I have been the past week or so and this article really emphasizes why that is so very important.

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Yosemite closed because of huge snowfalls, @ctemp asks if I’m stupid re #globalwarming

Jan 23, 2010 by

I don't believe in global warming.  Yes, we humans put out waste products that we shouldn't, but I think enough has been proven in recent months to show that many of our so-called "Climate Experts" have been cooking the books over the last 20-30 years and the whole damn thing is a hoax.   DaddyClaxton Blue Fl Hat 1

Sure, we could all do a better job of protecting mother earth.  And I do my part.  I do my best to conserve energy by turning off lights in the house, turning up the thermostats in the summer and down in the winter.  We do some recycling.  I have planted more than 40 trees on our lot here at the house since we moved in in 2006.  I do what I can to plant fresh flowers every spring, and get really pissed at jerks who throw trash out on to the roadways. 

Heck, I even called former Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar once when two of his park rangers through cellophane cigarette wrappers out their windows at Buckboard and the Boulevard back in 1989.  The Mayor went into he who casts the first stone mode and I told him that we in the governor's office were very conscious about polluting and were part of the Don't Drop It On Alabama campaign.  He said he wanted to make sure "because two park rangers are going to get their butts chewed out over this."

But that said, I don't believe in global warming.  Like all things in life in this world, I think there is a time when things are going to go through cycles where it gets a little warm now, and it gets a little cooler later.  We've had ice ages, we have hot times on this planet and it appears to some we're headed into a new hot period, and to others, it appears that little is changing.

So today, when I opened my email, I found a note from Yosemite Blog saying that my favorite place on earth, Yosemite National Park, is actually closed.  CLOSED.  Maybe this has happened previously, but I've been a pretty close follower of things going on in my favorite place in the world and that's the first time I've heard that.  I know it can snow heavily there.  We were snowed in at our favorite retreat for two days in December of 2007 and that was really more of a light snow.   Ahwahnee

I made a tweet and referenced global warming this morning and @CTemp asked me if I was "Kidding or stupid."  I don't really care for such arrogance and a personal attack in tweets, so he's about to get blocked, but it just shows to go ya that if you question the validity of the myth of global warming, it nets personal attacks. 

Maybe @CTemp could have been nicer and said, well, here is my Web site where I have data that's not been doctored by the Climate Experts and I'd really like for you to consider this.  But he didn't.  And most of the global warming types I've encountered have chosen to make their attacks personal. And that's truly a shame because I believe in the possibilities of a healthy conversation.

So, @CTemp, if you would like to post a rationale explanation and information here, I'd invite that.  Let's leave the personal attacks, namely, implying that I might be stupid, to something else.  I'm a daddy blogger, if you haven't noticed and my kids read my blog.  Do you really think it's a positive thing for you to be suggesting that their dad is stupid?

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