Monday, August 27, 2012

Storms, Surgeries And TEDxKC

Lots of things to go over today so I'll try to consolidate them in one post.

1. There's a large storm that is about to hit the gulf coast. Again. I have to laugh at the local news stations. They're all excited and a little crazy. I just don't trust these local weather people. They have about as much hurricane experience as I do. So if you want to keep up with the actual storm try the National Hurricane Center Podcast.

It looks as if after the storm hits land it's going to go right up the middle of the country.

on the same topic, this time from Chuck Todd and his colleagues at MSNBC with First Read:

"Two storms in two weeks… First Akin, now Isaac… Raising the specter of Hurricane Katrina… The revised schedule: The only official activity today is gaveling in the start of the convention at 2:00 pm ET… New WaPo/ABC poll shows the presidential race deadlocked… But Romney acknowledges that the Obama ads have done damage… Obama ties Romney to House GOP… Florida ad spending surpasses $100 million… Ryan stumps in Janesville… And poll shows McCaskill leading Akin."

Countdown to Dem convention: 7 days
Countdown to 1st presidential debate: 37 days
Countdown to VP debate: 45 days
Countdown to 2nd presidential debate: 50 days
Countdown to 3rd presidential debate: 56 days
Countdown to Election Day: 71 days

2. On a personal note I am sending my best thoughts and good energy to my Mom this week. She is undergoing surgery on her spine to correct a chronic pain issue. I am more than a little nervous about this as spinal surgery is about the most serious surgery there is. Honestly, I hate that I'm so far away from Chicago at a time like this but I did offer to come up there and give some moral support but was declined. That's the brilliant thing about my mom. She's a straight shooter and will tell me what she thinks. I love her for it. Here is hoping for the best possibly outcome to her surgery tomorrow. Here's a pic of my Mom and Dad dancing (so cute!) last year in Florida.

On an upbeat note, I am completely excited about attending this years TEDxKC conference at the Kauffman Center this Tuesday night. Here's what the site says:
August 28th 6:00-9:00


Dedicated to bringing “Ideas Worth Spreading” to Kansas City, TEDxKC 2012 presents “The Long View.” This year's program includes the Amber Rubarth Trio; Sam Arbesman, “The Half-Life of Facts”; Jeff Carter, “Extreme Identity”; Janine Shepherd, “You Are Not Your Body”; Max Strom, “No App for Happiness”; John Gerzema, “The Athena Doctrine”; Shai Reshef, “Open-Sourcing Higher Education”; John Jantsch, "Rethinking Commitment" and a surprise performance that personifies "The Long View".

Doors open at 5 p.m.; the event is 6-9 p.m. (reception to follow). Your ticket includes a T-shirt and access to two pre-event parties: TEDxKC at The Guild (1621 Locust St.) at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and TEDxKC at Hotel Phillips (106 W. 12th St.) at 6 p.m. Aug. 25

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxKC, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxKC event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.