Ebola in New York: Doctor Tests Positive for the Disease

Ebola has reached New York City. A 33-year-old doctor named Craig Spencer who treated patients in West Africa through the Doctors Without Borders program has tested positive for the disease in New York. Bellvue Hospital is kicking into its emergency plan, but this new case raises alarm. Whereas the average suburban dweller may come in close contact with dozens of people per day, the average city dweller who takes the subway, walks the crowded streets, and lives in a large apartment building comes into contact with many, many more. ...more
I have a greater chance of being killed by a shark, so I'm feeling pretty safe and ignoring ...more

#MicroblogMondays 8: Last Name

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* I read a bunch of stories last week concerning Amal Alamuddin taking her husband’s last name, as if this was earth-shattering news....more

I Made a Sonic Screwdriver Out of Toilet Parts…

…And it looks fantastic....more

516th Friday Blog Roundup

Last year, I opened the Creme de la Creme for submissions on October 15th to give you (and me) two full months to create the list which goes up on January 1st....more

Eyes

I’ve written before that I don’t go to the mikveh every month....more

819th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point of Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership ....more

Want to Freeze Your Eggs? Work for Apple or Facebook.

Let me start by saying that I think the invention of egg freezing is a great thing....more

Facebook Stickers: Cutest Thing Ever or Gag Me With a Spoon?

Are Facebook stickers a testament to our extreme laziness or an embodiment of our squee?  I recently saw a new mother post a picture of her baby, updating her friends on the arrival of her child.  There were a few written "congratulations" but many many more stickers dotting the comment thread.  Part of me wanted to scream, "this woman just squeezed 8 pounds of human out of her body, and you can't even muster typing 15 characters on the screen?"  But the other part of me wanted to coo that the stickers were pretty damn cute.  I mean, the baby is too, but have you seen Bigs and Yeti? ...more
I just noticed them the other Melissa Ford and enjoyed playing with them. The operative word ...more

Facebook Needs to Add Family Accounts

There are a lot of things, apparently, that Facebook must do if they don’t want to lose all their users to other social media sites, so if they’re keeping a list, I’d like to add one more: family accounts. Facebook has personal accounts and public pages, but there are no family accounts....more

Surprise! Your Instagram Photos are Being Used for Marketing

Another day, another story in the Wall Street Journal of how the photos we post to our social media accounts are being used without our knowledge.  That picture of your first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte of the season, your kid eating Pringles, that Diet Coke can in your hand at the neighbourhood picnic: they're all being rounded up by companies such as Ditto Labs and used to know more about you so companies can best target ads or conduct research. ...more
is hashtagging included or do you need to mention them?more