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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Massachusetts Ballot Question 2: Full Text

If Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 had a title, it would be called, Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life.

Here's the FULL TEXT of QUESTION 2:
Question 2
Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 1, 2012?

This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who (1) is medically determined to be mentally capable of making and communicating health care decisions; (2) has been diagnosed by attending and consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to die and has made an informed decision. The proposed law states that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause death in a humane and dignified manner. The proposed law would require the patient, directly or through a person familiar with the patient’s manner of communicating, to orally communicate to a physician on two occasions, 15 days apart, the patient’s request for the medication. At the time of the second request, the physician would have to offer the patient an opportunity to rescind the request. The patient would also have to sign a standard form, in the presence of two witnesses, one of whom is not a relative, a beneficiary of the patient’s estate, or an owner, operator, or employee of a health care facility where the patient receives treatment or lives. The proposed law would require the attending physician to: (1) determine if the patient is qualified; (2) inform the patient of his or her medical diagnosis and prognosis, the potential risks and probable result of ingesting the medication, and the feasible alternatives, including comfort care, hospice care and pain control; (3) refer the patient to a consulting physician for a diagnosis and prognosis regarding the patient’s disease, and confirmation in writing that the patient is capable, acting voluntarily, and making an informed decision; (4) refer the patient for psychiatric or psychological consultation if the physician believes the patient may have a disorder causing impaired judgment; (5) recommend that the patient notify next of kin of the patient’s intention; (6) recommend that the patient have another person present when the patient ingests the medicine and to not take it in a public place; (7) inform the patient that he or she may rescind the request at any time; (8) write the prescription when the requirements of the law are met, including verifying that the patient is making an informed decision; and (9) arrange for the medicine to be dispensed directly to the patient, or the patient’s agent, but not by mail or courier. The proposed law would make it punishable by imprisonment and/or fines, for anyone to (1) coerce a patient to request medication, (2) forge a request, or (3) conceal a rescission of a request. The proposed law would not authorize ending a patient’s life by lethal injection, active euthanasia, or mercy killing. The death certificate would list the underlying terminal disease as the cause of death. Participation under the proposed law would be voluntary. An unwilling health care provider could prohibit or sanction another health care provider for participating while on the premises of, or while acting as an employee of or contractor for, the unwilling provider. The proposed law states that no person would be civilly or criminally liable or subject to professional discipline for actions that comply with the law, including actions taken in good faith that substantially comply. It also states that it should not be interpreted to lower the applicable standard of care for any health care provider. A person’s decision to make or rescind a request could not be restricted by will or contract made on or after January 1, 2013, and could not be considered in issuing, or setting the rates for, insurance policies or annuities. Also, the proposed law would require the attending physician to report each case in which life-ending medication is dispensed to the state Department of Public Health. The Department would provide public access to statistical data compiled from the reports. The proposed law states that if any of its parts was held invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.

A YES VOTE would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.

A NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws.

More: Question 2 Summary

Trusted Friends Triggered my Donation to American Red Cross for #Sandy via Social Media

First there was this from Chris Brogan:

Which led me to read this personal blog post, Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief, by Beth Kanter:

Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief | Beth’s Blog

Which led me to this Craig Newmark campaign for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts at crowdrise:

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts | Fundraising Event on Crowdrise

Once I donated, I had the option to share via Social Media, so I posted to twitter, Facebook, and G+.

Image: Donation shared on Twitter

Red Cross on Facebook
Image: Donation shared on Facebook

Red Cross - Google+
Image: The Story of my Donation shared on G+

[Video] Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam for HD Video Streaming over Ustream

Video streaming by Ustream

Here's a sample archived Ustream video, streamed with the Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam, at High Bandwith (480p). The camera also streams at (720p).

Other resolutions are (176p) and (360p). You choose which resolution you want to stream with depending on your internet speed.

I streamed during Hurricane #Sandy and the WiFi held up well.

Ustream also has an Analytics console that shows you statistics on viewership. Very cool.

Ustream Analytics Console: Past Broadcasts Analytics
Image: Ustream Analytics Console

Broadcasting using the new Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam for HD Video Streaming, Calling, Recording - Black (960-000854) (Affiliate Link)

Earlier: Installing the Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam

Disclosure: Review Unit

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sandycam - Hurricane Sandy Live 24/7 on Livestream

Sandycam - Hurricane Sandy Live 24/7 on Livestream

Watch: Sandycam - Hurricane Sandy Live 24/7

[Video] Joss Whedon On Mitt Romney. Say NO to a Zombie Apocalypse.

Still undecided? Think about the future.

Please visit to support the candidate who won't bring about the zombie apocalypse.

[Video] The Man With The Iron Fists - Restricted Trailer #2 (HD)

Tumblr: The Man With The Iron Fists

Facebook: The Man With The Iron Fists

Twitter: The Man With The Iron Fists

YouTube: The Man With The Iron Fists

Image: The Gemini Twins

NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones

NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones

Zone A - Mandatory evacuation ordered by Mayor Bloomberg.

Sandy: Keep Calm and Carry On #ThinkCalmThoughts

Image: via Wikipedia

Keep Calm and Carry On:
Keep Calm and Carry On was a propaganda poster produced by the Government of the United Kingdom in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain. It had only limited distribution, and thus was little known. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of products.
Spirituality in Times of Crisis:
Everyone has their own way of responding to crisis. Some choose an elaborate, drama-filled news report. Others choose to remain calm and heed warnings. Information in our world moves quickly within social media and breaking news. How can we use technology to gather our collective spiritual efforts to change the response and course of events? How do you handle being in the midst of a crisis or natural disaster?

Hawaii-based social media consultant Roxanne Darling started the hashtag #ThinkCalmThoughts as a way to aggregate positive thinking and good energy toward a potentially negative situation.
Time for us to adopt Roxanne's hashtag and thoughts in the Northeast. ;-)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

[Video] Thirty Seconds to Name All of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Taxes and Fees

Mitt Romney said he wouldn’t raise taxes when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, but in office Romney raised or created more than 1,000 taxes and fees.

Romney Economics: Raising taxes and fees on the middle class

Mark Zuckerberg LIKES Me!

Mark Zuckerberg LIKES Me!



[Video Book Review by Keith Nerdin] The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

This is a very creative and entertaining review, by Keith Nerdin, of Chris Brogan and Julien Smith's new book, The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise? (Affiliate Link)

He used Prezi, Garage Band, QuickTime, and iMovie to put it together.

The Impact Equation [Book Review] - YouTube
Image: Keith Nerdin

There's so much that's great about this:
- Evokes an emotion
- Makes you want to talk about it and share
- Makes just two points
- Takes the right amount of time to tell a story 4:56
It's very cool that this review is the first post on Keith's blog.

I'm also impressed that Keith decided to start blogging. He's well on his way to getting his first 100 subscribers.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New England Patriots Anthem by Aerosmith - Legendary Child


Aerosmith's "Legendary Child" is New Anthem for New England Patriots:
Aerosmith's "Legendary Child" has been reworked as part of the PEPSI NFL Anthems program, where artists have created songs for seven football teams in the league. The song is now the new anthem for the band's hometown team, the New England Patriots.

Steven Tyler said the song "is a true representation of our allegiance to the New England Patriots and the city of Boston." Boston pride, yo!

Hurricane Sandy: What does Gisele predict?

Image: Gisele on the Harper's Bazaar Brazilian edition photographed by Terry Richardson in New York. [ via ]

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Top 10 by number of impressions #ims12 #ims12

[Video] Push Button to Add Drama (Advertisement TNT)

Mashable: TNT Ad Becomes the Second Most-Shared of All Time

[Video] Final Presidential Debate of 2012: Songified

In the third and final debate of the 2012 presidential election, the Requiem Politicus Disputationem, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama engage in a euphonious battle for your vote.

Image: Poor photo of Mitt Romney, Nice photo of Barack Obama

Turkey and Cranberry Cheeseboy grilled cheese sandwich. Love it!

Cheeseboy @gocheeseboy
Image: Cheeseboy at the Prudential Food Court

I was at the Inbound Marketing Summit and #FutureM at the Hynes Convention Center and needed to get some brunch on a Tuesday at 10:15 AM.

I walked over to the Prudential Food Court with low expectations. I haven't eaten in a Food Court in years. The last time might have been 10 years ago in Burlington at the Burlington Mall.

When I walked into the Prudential Food court I saw Cheeseboy. I'd seen them profiled on local TV and decided to give them a try.

YouTube: Cheeseboy - Boston (Phantom Gourmet)

Cheeseboy had a selection of specials, or you could make your own. Included in the specials was a Turkey and Cranberry grilled cheese sandwich. That's one of my favorites. So I ordered one. It was custom made and took a few minutes.

Turkey and Cranberry Cheeseboy! @gocheeseboy
Image: Turkey and Cranberry Cheeseboy!


I just loved this sandwich. Everything was great about it.

Great service too. I'll be back.

Cheeseboy on twitter: @gocheeseboy


It was so good, I went back then next day and had another.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Samuel Adams White Christmas Beer

New Samuel Adams White Christmas Beer:
As crisp as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is blended with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel. The familiar citrus and wheat characters of the ale are complemented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that’s perfect for the season.

[Video] TaylorMade RocketBladez: The Speed Pocket Changes Irons Forever

TaylorMade RocketBladez:
Watch as TaylorMade-adidas Golf CEO Mark King and Executive Vice President Sean Toulon introduce the revolutionary new RocketBladez and RocketBladez Tour irons. RocketBladez are for all players seeking the optimum combination of distance, control, feel, forgiveness and playability. The Speed Pocket has changed the iron forever. The distance iron is now on Tour. RocketBladez are available 10/23/12 for $799; RocketBladez Tour available 02/01/13 for $899. For more information, visit

RocketBladez | This Little Thing Has Changed The Iron Forever

I got a sample 6 iron with a bucket of balls. Looking forward to trying it out.

New TaylorMade RocketBladez
Image: New TaylorMade RocketBladez Back

New TaylorMade RocketBladez
Image: New TaylorMade RocketBladez Face


TaylorMade Announces RocketBladez Irons by Tony Covey – @GolfSpyT:
Initially I spent some time hitting the RocketBladez on the range. The weather was iffy, so I left the FlightScope at home, but two things struck me.

The RocketBladez is stupid easy to hit…and hit straight
Unless you’re unearthing gophers (which I did a few times) there appears to be almost zero penalty for missing the center of the clubface.
Now would probably be a good time to point out that while TaylorMade has made some mention of distance (Freakishly Longer! #freakishlylonger – it wouldn’t be TaylorMade if they didn’t), the real buzz word around the release of the RocketBladez is consistency. Sadly, consistency won’t ever sell like distance, however; so the marketing guys included a healthy dose of both. Did I mention they’re freakishly longer?

According to TaylorMade CEO, Mark King, “The genius of the Speed Pocket is that not only does it deliver more speed for more distance, it delivers consistent speed, so shots fly a consistent distance”.

See…consistency…and yes, distance too.

New Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Beer

New Samuel Adams Merry Mischief:
This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays, hinting at the merriment and spices within. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

Inbound Marketing Summit - FutureM Boston 10-23-12

Pinterest Pumpkin Cupcakes: Two Ingredients - Cake Mix and a Can of Pumpkin

The Future of Marketing: FutureM Boston Opening Night Celebration

Monday, October 22, 2012

SCHED: Here's My Schedule For Monday - FutureM Opening Night Celebration

FutureM Opening Night Celebration
Opening night is the kickoff event to the biggest marketing festival in Boston. A celebration of our awesome community, a get-together of the industry’s best and brightest from around the country. How better to launch a great week than a party!? Fantastic music, food and drinks will get us rolling. We’ll have various digital adventures for you to partake in and there will even be some learning!

Our featured speaker is Shira Lazar, host and executive producer of Emmy-nominated ‘What’s Trending with Shira Lazar’. Shira’s show, a daily happening on YouTube, is a live interactive show and 24/7 news hub, showcasing the biggest events, viral videos, celebrity interviews and pop culture memes. Named one of Fast Company's 2011 Most Influential Women in Technology and Huffington Post's "Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter," Lazar has been the face of the biggest live-streams on the web including, The Oscars, The Grammys, and Macy's Fashion's Night Out, among many others.

At Opening Night, Shira, along with her partner in crime, Damon Berger, CEO of What’s Trending, will discuss internet culture and digital trends. Using their favorite Top 5 lists from the show, they will reveal the secrets to modern marketing via the best online video examples of entertainment, branding, and content marketing. With consumers becoming their own media companies and the ability to build (or bust) brands through social, new modes of content creation are driving innovative approaches to marketing. Shira and Damon will provide an eye-opening look at what’s next.

Join us for the biggest celebration of marketing innovation during FutureM week – Opening Night is sure to rock you.
Nice reminder email from SCHED.

FutureM Official Website

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

Pats Win!

This is an iPhone 5 Panorama. I shared it on the new panoramic photo sharing site, by my friend Jason Sadler (@ iwearyourshirt ), Panoramic Panoramic:
Welcome to a gallery of the most beautiful panoramic photos on the web. Taking panoramic photos is fun, but when trying to share them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you can't see how great these photos really are. Until now...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

If You See Kay Wine

Racy Wine Label Raises Objections In NH.

Ha! I like a nice Italian IGT. Going to look for this in Mass today.

More: If You See Kay Wine

Listen: If You See Kay – The Script


If You See Kay in Boston:

Social Wines on 52 West Broadway South Boston 617-268-2974 may also have it
in stock.

Huffington Post: If You See Kay 2010: Hundred Acre Winery Vintage Sparks Controversy With Hidden Obscenity

Mitt Romney's Magical Mormon Undies: Penn Jillette sizes up Mitt Romney's religion

In this (profane) installment of Penn Jillette's Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election, the Penn and Teller illusionist (and outspoken atheist) sizes up Mitt Romney's religion.

Penn Jillette: Mitt Romney is wearing crazy underwear. He’s wearing magic underwear. He is. I mean, under his pants, he is wearing magic underwear. Magic underwear. And he believes that a convicted con man got golden tablets that no one else could see, and sat with an angel to find out that the original Jews of the Bible were living in North America. Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy. But… just more modern, not more crazy, than other religions. Not more crazy than Islam, you know, with your… not more crazy than virgin births and resurrections. Not more crazy than any of that stuff. What’s really fascinating to me, fascinating, is that… and I cover this in my book when I say signs you may already be an atheist, it fascinates me that you can have the Bible Belt and you can have a court trial, and we’ve seen this. I’m going to use it hypothetically, but you’ll know the specifics I’m talking about, I just don’t want to talk about that kind of pain too directly, it’s too unpleasant for me. But hypothetically, in the Bible Belt, where you can have a born-again Christian Judge, born-again Christian Judge. I believe the Bible is the literal word of God, there were talking snakes, there were talking snakes and virgin births. Burning bushes and Abraham being willing to kill his son for God. He believes that.
Full transcript here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

[Video] President Obama in Fairfax, Virginia: "Romnesia"

President Obama breaks down Mitt Romney's case of "Romnesia."

via [ Daily Kos ]

Image: Fighting Romnesia Since 2012 Obama/Biden via

Travel: Niagara Falls Attractions - Journey Behind the Falls. Actually BEHIND NIAGARA FALLS.

This attraction at Niagara Falls seemed interesting.

Journey Behind the Falls.

Niagara Falls raincoat

It's described this way on the web site:
The sound is like thunder; the sight is awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara, and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above! At Journey Behind the Falls, you'll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below. During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometers per hour!

Located at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, in the Table Rock Welcome Centre.

Elevators descend 150 feet through bedrock to tunnels leading to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal, one third of the way behind the massive sheet of water.

Walk on to the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the very foot of the Falls.

In the spring and summer months, you'll receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls.
When we took a look over at this attraction, it just looked like a bunch of people, outside, getting a closer look at the falls.

I had no idea that we were going to actually go BEHIND NIAGARA FALLS.

Raincoats will be given out in elevator.
Image: Raincoats will be given out in elevator.

Niagara Falls
Image: In our yellow raincoats.

Once you get out of the elevator you can start your walk towards the falls.


Here's the first lookout point.


The raincoats do serve a purpose because it is pretty wet out there.



Here's the 2nd sheltered lookout point but the roof makes no difference goes all the water sprays in from the side.


Next, you take a walked down the long hallway to the portals where you can look outside.




I took a few 15 second videos on my iPhone 5 with TOUT. Can't embed so you have to visit the site to see them.


Niagara Falls Close up


Niagara Falls Close up

Great Falls Portal
Image: Portal looking out at the falls

Video - Behind the Falls Looking into the Portal (YouTube):

Video - Behind the Falls Looking into the Portal (TOUT)

Technical note about TOUT:
TOUT records your videos to your iPhone and then uploads them, so you could also upload wherever you want, like YouTube.