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STOP SOPA and PIPA

On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.   CONGRESS NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!  PLEASE GO TO THE LINK BELOW AND SIGN THE PETITION:

http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa

The video above discusses the Senate version of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In the Senate the bill is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA has gotten more attention than PIPA because it was moving faster in the legislative process. But PIPA is just as dangerous, and now it is moving faster.

PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill lets corporations and the US government censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations.

This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

The bill is scheduled for a test vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th: We need to act now to let our lawmakers know just how terrible it is. Will you fill out the form above to ask your lawmakers to oppose the legislation and support a filibuster?

St. Jude Childrens Hospital

Donate to a Worthy Cause

St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is a hospital that specializes in child cancer care and prevention. St. Jude Childrens Hospital is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. They genuinely care about children, child cancer treatment, and familieis. Because of this, I wanted to write about them and help them spread the word about their wonderful facility and their mission. Additionally, if you know of a family or child that may need help you can refer them or you can help the St. Jude Children Hospital by donating to them monthly.

Mission:
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

Vision
Our vision is to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. This vision will be pursued by providing outstanding patient care; by conducting basic, translational and clinical research designed to elucidate biological mechanisms, understand disease pathogenesis, improve diagnosis, enhance treatment outcome, prevent diseases and minimize adverse consequences of treatment; and by educating health care and scientific research professionals. Through these efforts we seek to cure and enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to us for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide, while developing strategies to prevent catastrophic diseases in children.

Values
Our foremost responsibilities are to the children with catastrophic diseases, their families, and to the donors that have committed their personal resources toward our Mission. To fully meet these responsibilities, we are committed to an explicit set of values. These values are the standards of behavior that we use to guide our daily actions and decisions. We will ensure that these standards of behavior are adhered to through ongoing training of all personnel working at St. Jude, and by annually evaluating the executive leadership, faculty and staff in their adherence to these values.

If you want to learn more about St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, if you want to help donate to a child and family that is trying to beat cancer, or if you know of a child or family that needs help with pediatric cancer – please visit their site at http://www.stjude.org

TREV 3 Wheel Trike

Since I am obsessed with buidling a three wheel hybrid vehicle, I have been looking around for cool but practical ideas. I came across this design, and thought I would share since it seems extremely practical and obtainable to anyone looking for something like this.

TREV 3 Wheel Trike:
This three-wheel concept was designed by students at the University of South Australia. The concept, named Trev, is an electric lithium-ion-powered green car.

Trev features a lightweight chassis, fiberglass body and one door. The concept can carry two passengers tandem-style (one behind the other). It can travel at a top speed of 75 mph with a range of 90 miles before a needed recharge.

VTR “S”

The PGO VTR S is essentially the next generation T-Rex trike. This will probably be just as crazy fast as the T-Rex and probably just as fast as a Lotus. I like this design a lot better however because it encloses the driver with a windshield and doors to help improve your driving experience. I think it is awesome, I want to build one, and here are the specs for anyone else interested:

0 to 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds
top speed of roughly 157 MPH
Weight 1,150 lbs
Length 138”
Tires 205/40/R17 up front and 295/35/R18 for the single rear

Here is a video of the VTR “S” that I want to mimick:

Specs on the VTR “S”

•Frame (tubular steel)
•Body (gel coated composite)
•Wheels & tires 205/40/17
•Rear aluminum custom wheel & tire 295/35/18
•4 points Security seatbelt
•FRP Seat
•Head rest
•fuel tank and cap
•Arm shifter, Gas & clutch pedal
•Steering system: Wheel, rack, pinion, column & attachment
•Brakes system: Rear & front: discs, calipers & supports, master cylinder.
•Suspension system: Front shocks & springs, lower and upper triangular control arms, sway bar & bushings, rear swing arm, mono-shock, attachment and bushings.
•Radiator & electric Fan.

Sugru

Have you ever wanted to make your own products – toys, action figures, rings, jewlery, little cars – anything?  Prototyping, molding, casting, and working with material to create products has generally been a barrier of entry for a lot of people.  When you think about making something, most people immediate think of using wood, clay, or paper to try to design a prototype.  However, there are a lot of cool plastic products on the market today that can be easily molded, formed, shaped, and cast to help you accomplish simple prototyping needs. 

I just read about this crazy plastic type goo you can buy called Sugru.  You can make buy the commercially available stuff, or you can make your own homemade stuff – to shape whatever you want. 

There is a commercial version here:
http://sugru.com/

and a homemade version here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Sugru-Substitute/

CAUTION: the homemade version gives off some wicked fumes – but they are not bad for the buzz!

If you want some ideas for what you can do with this stuff – check out this site:
http://sugru.com/blog/

Developing iPhone Apps

I am going to start developing iPhone apps and toch screen apps.  It is obvious that the whole telephone and computer industry is moving this way, so I have to get with the program here!  If anyone else has been thinking about doing this, here is a good link I found to start learning:

http://blog.taragana.com/index.php/archive/top-10-tutorials-to-develop-iphone-apps/