Personal

Outside of my normal working hours at an ad agency, I enjoy exploring life around and within me, which is to say that I have done most every adrenaline fueled outside sport known to man (ice climbing, caving, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, foraging - yes, finding prized mushrooms is a sport of the deadliest nature, etc.), as well as the indoor sports of the mind (meditation, lucid dreaming - thankfully oneironauts like me need not wear space suits, etc.). When space travel for normal people is possible, then I would likely be doing that too (IF spacesuits have evolved by then into something more manageable), but for now I  am awaiting the new Picard series (which I think is bold enough, merely by featuring a central actor - Patrick Stewart - in his sunset years, though I believe this airing may prove quite differently).

Jonathan Poston | Professional Experience


Director of Search @ Tombras, a top three 300-person indy ad agency, Chapel Hill NC
FEB 2018 - PRESENT

Leading top tier accounts and high performance teams operating within our integrated search marketing department, as well as overseeing reporting, recommendations, and implementation of campaigns that drive brand, strategy, reputation, product, and kpis.

Sr. Manager, SEO @ AmericanMusical.com, New York City area, NY
FEB 2017 - JAN 2018

Creating high level strategy and leading a full team of specialists to execute on large scale platform development, content, product / branding, and design projects, along with executive reporting (p&ls, goals, kpis) for this large music instrument ecommerce store.

Founder & CEO @ Yiveo Inc., Chapel Hill & Asheville NC
DEC  2013 - FEB 2017

Leading SEO / SEM for Carither Pediatric Group, Pacific Spine Specialists, Gynecology & Laparoscopic Surgeons, PC, MRCycles.com, Campus Cruizer Mobile App, ChiRunning, Kernodle Duke Health, Total HealthcareMD, Jones Institute, Fast Chart, Raleigh Neurological, Rx Urgent Care, etc. Hiring & managing specialists to execute strategy.

Professor @ Warren Wilson College, Asheville NC
JULY 2012  - DEC  2013

Leading courses in marketing, sustainable business capstone & leadership, managing department budget & staff, hosting guest speakers (100+), organizing dept. events, writing business articles for the local newspaper, and attending conferences, i.e. Data Science Predictive Analytics, Chicago.

Director, Social Media @ FastPivot.com, Asheville NC
Jan 2010  - July 2012

Leading social media marketing for large brand accounts such as World Soccer Shop, 3M, Everlast, Candy Warehouse.

Professor @ MSU-LNU International College of Business, China
2009

Leading courses in business communications.

Professor @ Universidad de Especialidades EspĂ­ritu Santo, Ecuador
2008

Leading courses in management, leadership, trade agreements, and marketing.

Director, Marketing @ ChiRunning.com, Asheville NC
2007

Leading digital marketing for ChiRunning, a revolutionary technique that was covered by all the major press at the time: NRP, Nat. Geo, New York Times, CNN.

EDUCATION

East Tennessee State University — Graduate course, Business Data Online Metrics, 4.0
Western Carolina University — Master of Entrepreneurship degree, GPA 4.0 (focus on tech start-ups, funding & product innovation)
Francis Marion University — Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology major, Philosophy minor)

CERTIFICATIONS

IBM — Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner
BRIGHTEDGE — Platform Professional

QUOTES IN THE NEWS

December 2019

“Corporate finance is always I’ve found a good career investment to make,” said Jonathan Poston, a director at the ad agency Tombras. “Money is the lifeblood of the modern organization, and the more we understand the levers and concepts around it, the more oriented we are to the business goals and how we fit within them.”

Source:  Business Insider exclusive story: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-teach-yourself-corporate-finance-fast-former-mckinsey-consultant

February 2018

Jonathan Poston, SEO director at the Tombras Group advertising agency, says he would prefer to hire someone with a specialized master's degree in digital marketing over someone with an MBA.

In the tech sector, an MBA is sometimes a liability and not an asset, Poston says, which is why he switched from an MBA track to a master's in entrepreneurship track when he attended business school at Western Carolina University.

Source: U.S. News https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2019-02-04/how-having-an-mba-on-your-resume-affects-your-career-prospects


October 2018

Because Red Hat will maintain its independence through the early part of the transition, it's likely that things will remain relatively the same with respect to the e-commerce space relative, at least in the short-term, suggested Jonathan Poston, director of technical SEO at Tombras Group.

"My guess is that IBM's motive in the first place was less about controlling market supply and raising prices by buying out smaller, more competitive alternatives," he told the E-Commerce Times, "and mostly about injecting vigor into a product inventory to extend the average life cycle through a classic strategic innovation acquisitions approach. An altruistic perspective, I know -- but again, at least for the short-term, I suspect this will be the case."

Source: ecommerce times: https://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85651.html


“An incorrect zip code can not only throw off shipping but can land a package into an almost infinite state of limbo,” said Jonathan Poston, an experienced ecommerce executive who is currently the director of technical SEO for The Tombras Group.

“For example, one $2,000 package that was meant to go to an address in East [Tennessee] went to a post office near Raleigh [North Carolina]. Hours were spent on the phone…and weeks went by until, finally, someone solved it.”

To Poston’s point, a bad address can cause big problems. To avoid the issue, automatically verify delivery addresses. If an address looks weird, call the customer.

Source: PracticalEcommerce: https://www.practicalecommerce.com/6-holiday-ecommerce-shipping-mistakes-to-avoid


Cleveland-based Jonathan Poston, SEO director at the Tombras Group, identified a few specific problems that are creating engagement and collaboration problems. Those who operate remotely in a digital space often have to over-communicate to make sure work is flowing well. Having someone in this space that doesn't know how to stay on top of things, be on time for meetings, or followups can create a major collaboration obstacle. Of course, training helps, but much of what it takes to be successful in such a position is a high degree of self-motivation.

Source: CMS Wire: https://www.cmswire.com/digital-workplace/7-obstacles-to-enterprise-collaboration-and-how-to-fix-them/

September 2018

Director of Technical SEO at The Tombras Group Jonathan Poston believes that this will enable smartphones to “blend” into an environment:

“There is no question where it is heading, which all boils down to less, and more natural. Less in terms of lighter, fewer steps to get things done, and generally operated largely by voice. More natural in terms of a design that blends in with the environment, connecting the user more to the space and activity they choose, rather than compromising the moment with an interruptive phone.

“What will it look like? It will blend into the individual’s environment, and thus look like part of the atmosphere, a piece of you. How that translates will likely be a thinner, and thinner version of hardware, until the interface becomes holographic, and the hardware is mounted into the surrounding. Only when travelling away from infrastructure, will a carryable be needed.”

Verdict: https://www.verdict.co.uk/the-smartphone-of-the-future/

CITIES 

New York City NY, Cleveland OH, Dalian China, Guayaquil Ecuador, Asheville NC, Florence SC, Knoxville TN, Chapel Hill NC, Wilmington NC, Charleston SC

Blue Origin Test Flight Launches Wednesday, December 11, 2019




 Jeff's Blue Origin launched a rocket today (12/11/19), it's 12th test, towards the goal of eventually starting a space tourism industry. Of course it went as planned and did what he thought it would do. But it took him a long time to get to where he can launch rockets into space. In fact, he had to build a super mega online retail platform everyone is familiar with, as Amazon, in order to fund his space dreams.
source: blue origin rocket launch google search results

What this probably means to the rest of us is that in 10 or 20 years we can buy space drones on Amazon capable of going to the edge of space, and in 50 years, all the way to the moon. What this will mean to humanity overall is that maybe some discovery Blue Origin makes creates some difference in our lives. For example I could see one of his rockets somehow connecting with alien life that gets caught on the windshield that will give us insights into the visitors we eventually want to visit.

Maybe Blue Origin rockets will shift into mining for gold from asteroids in order sell them on a future "AMZN SPACE GOLD" platform. Ironically this Amazon gold will be such a unifying element bringing all of the world citizens together. Amazon can then leverage that platform to collect taxes from everyone in the world...because Amazon knows something about avoiding taxes it will make sure no one goes without paying their taxes.

 With those taxes everyone gets a container house which will be stacked and turned inward into giant malls ten miles high and ten miles deep. Then aliens visiting the planet wishing to sell their merchandise will have access to these malls and all the world's shoppers. Might as well name Earth - Planet A (mazon).


Disclosure: Naturally this parody is not intended to be representative of the truth but a fun way of imagining how Jeff / Amazon / Blue Origin's ventures could affect us in some fictional alternate timeline. Who knows where Amazon's space program will really take us, maybe exactly where they say.

Free Robinhood Stock For My Friends

Free Robinhood App Stock For My Friends

Source: Robinhood free stock screenshot
Source: Robinhood free stock screenshot
I recently signed up for Robin Hood, and invested a little over $900 (*be careful playing around and selling and buying too quickly because in my testing I was warned if I did it again I would be marked as day trader) and I recently signed up on Robinhood, an app that lets you trade commission free. I noticed there is a Robinhood free stock promo referral program where if you refer your friends to use their mobile trading app then they can get a free stock. Of course, when my friends get their free stock, I also get a free stock. 

Here is the message they gave me to pass out to friends along with the referral link to get a free stock on Robin Hood:

William (my first name) referred you so you get a free stock. Claim this stock now without investing money first: https://join.robinhood.com/williap1984
*In addition to asking for your whole name, Robinhood also asks all the other fun questions like social security number, etc., just like going to a real bank and having the specialist administer a very uncomfortable CIA background check.

 When I first signed up for Robinhood I remember getting a free stock and it turned out to be Zynga which was worth like $5 or something then. But there is a chance to get a stock like GE, Ford, or Facebook ,or some other stock that is currently valued at hundreds of dollars but the chance is fairly small. For example this popular financial app says there is a 1 and 60 chance of getting a free GE stock or Ford stock, so I mean that's pretty good free stock odds considering it's better than 1% (1.6% to be exact).

I will say I like it so far, but maybe that's because I'm up $11 for today's earnings. 

If you do give the app a shot, please comment here to say what free stock you ended up getting.



Jonathan Poston Speaking Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University Business Students Learn SEO From Jonathan Poston


Photo by Dr. Ghosh of Jonathan Poston speaking on SEO at CW


In the late winter of 2019, when it's still snowing and icing and generally being colder than Christmas in space in Cleveland OH, Jonathan Poston received an email from a Case Western Reserve University professor, as follows:

START


On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 12:43 PM Somali Ghosh <...@case.edu> wrote:Dear Mr Poston,      Happy New Year! Thank you for confirming your availability on Feb 14th (10-11 am). I am providing some details below.I would appreciate it if you could please share the presentation with me at least two days prior to the presentation so I can bring handouts for my students. Class size 20-25, junior/senior level undergraduates, who will have done some theory on SEO by the time of your presentation.Most will be marketing majors/minors.Course name: Strategic Internet MarketingClass Day/time: Feb 14th (10-11 am)Class Room: PBL 118 , first floor room in Peter B. Lewis Building also called the Weatherhead School of Management.( 11119 Bellflower Road, Cleveland 44106).Parking Instructions:    Please park in the Severance Garage only (Parking Lot 29,    11172 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106  ) and please remember to bring the parking ticket with you so I may get it validated. I can  get tickets validated for this garage only
 And, a follow up email:

On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 8:36 AM Somali Ghosh <...@case.edu> wrote:Hi Jonathan, I wanted to drop a friendly reminder for your upcoming presentation to my strategic internet marketing class. We are eagerly awaiting your presentation.I am giving the details below for your convenience:Course name: Strategic Internet MarketingClass Day/time: Feb 14th (10-11 am)Class Room: PBL 118 , first floor room in Peter B. Lewis Building also called the Weatherhead School of Management.( 11119 Bellflower Road, Cleveland 44106).Parking Instructions:    Please park in the Severance Garage only (Parking Lot 29,    11172 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106  )

END

Showing up that day, I stopped by the Starbucks on Case Western's quaint campus (it really is beautiful over there near Cleveland's art museum) to prep, and then went over to the Peter B. Lewis Weatherhead building to meet up with Professor Ghosh to speak with the class.

When the class came in I ran through the presentation on SEO, created by BrightEdge (they had someone who was supposed to come along but something came up and she could not make it). It was a nice course on the fundamentals of SEO, and the students were super attentive and had great questions at the end.

Definitely recommend the experience for anyone who enjoys giving guest lectures and presentations for university students.





Why Is Disney's Stock Down? | One Word: Mandalorian

Disney Stock Down Why, The Mandalorian Hit Job

Source: Wikipedia
I don't know exactly why Disney (DIS) stock is tanking, down to $146..., but I want to say it is because of the bad reviews the Mandalorian series is getting from Disney's. If you are streaming the Mandalorian, then you probably started it because it's a Star Wars branded flick, but with the Good Bad and Ugly Clint Eastwood sound effects, the silent bounty hunter type personality, and the total lack of decent fighting skills or anything film worthy, I am easily seeing how the Mandalorian could be 100% responsible for DIS stock going down today. Can't you? Or if you actually love it, and don't plan to figure out how to stop your free Disney streaming trial, comment here!

Mandalorian ratings by review outlet

9.1/10 IMDb
5.5/10 IGN.com
95% Rotten Tomatoes


Disclaimer: mostly joking about this being the sole reason Disney's stock is down. You would think that by being the sole provider of entertainment in America, with the biggest theme parks from coast to coast, and ownership of the entire Marvel Universe and most of Star Wars, Disney would be the best stock pick ever...but alas.

Bud Drawings For Common Winter Tree Twig Identification

How To ID Trees In Fall & Winter

Here are a few bud drawings I sketched out to offer a glimpse of what one might see this fall and winter as the trees have lost their leaves, while naturalists still want to find a way to identify them. Some botanists are known to revel in going out in the snow and taking but a single dropped twig, and making an accurate tree identification from that alone. Ash, Sycamore, Beech, Elder Berry, and Cherry are fairly common, all except for the English Oak, so maybe it will prove useful for field botany purposes, but the idea here is to orient those who want to enter the forest with a taxonomical mindset to how it is done. Of course, there is also inspecting leaves on the ground that may have fallen in September or earlier in the autumn.






Start-Ups | Map & List | Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle NC

Map & List of Start-Ups | Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Triangle NC 

Map List of Start Ups in Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill Triangle NC
Map List of Start Ups in Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill Triangle NC 
A while back I found a developer to research and upload a list of Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham NC area start-ups from various sources to this Google Map. Here is the original list with sources. It is shared with the public and shows the concentrations of start-up in the area. Here is a photo (right) that map, which of course can be off depending on the accuracy of the sources used to gather the locations of these start-ups, however the most interesting take-away here is that the largest cluster of start-ups happens not to be in Chapel Hill, Raleigh or Durham, but the so-called Triangle area known for high tech research across numerous segments. In addition someone could also categorize them, like blue pins for agricultural sciences, red pins for computer software, etc.


Stingray Foot Protection Booties & Boots | Product Development Thought Experiment

Making a Case For a Product To Protect Surfers & Swimmers From Stingray Barb Stings

After stumbling across Brian Chernicky's article on there being no stingray resistant surf booties for sale online, I literally could not believe that there was no product in existence that offers surfers and swimmers real protection from stingrays, so here is the case for someone / company making a product that offers some help to the tender feet of those who dare to enter ocean waters where this creature with a razor sharp tail hides in the sandy shallows waiting to be stepped on!
Photo by Fernando Jorge on Unsplash

The Problem 

Products are developed by start-ups and corporations because they solve a problem. The problem in this case is that tons of people get injured by the stingray every year. In fact, according to CNN, in October of 2019, 176 people were attacked and stung in a single day at Huntington Beach California. This is not like a bee sting where one who is not allergic can easily brush off the pain - if you get stung by the same animal that stabbed the beloved Steve Erwin through the chest I might add, there is often or most likely the need to seek medical help in order to check to make sure the barb fragments are out of the affected area and if not then they must be surgically removed. Okay, so not only is the problem the threat of physical injury from the barb stab, and ensuing possible infection and complications, but now a little math: 176 x average cost of an urgent care visit = $$$$ (*please comment if you know the answer)

Similar Successful Products: Snake Bite Proof Boots

Snake proof boots which helps hunters or anyone planning to walk through high grass or the woods, or deserts, or wherever vipers might strike are insanely popular, yet do we hear of any day in the USA where over 100 people were bitten in one spot by snakes? By the way 4783 people search for snake bite proof boots per month.

Competitive Products Already in Existence

There are these products already out there which are really designed as wading boots and guards to protect those fishing in areas where stingrays might be lurking, at nearly $70. They would be much different than a product designed as a best stingray protection product for surfers or swimmers in that that kind of product would need to be much less bulky, and way more stylish, at way less cost. Here we can start seeing some of the obstacles to designing stingray resistant booties, or socks for that matter.

Confusing Words

Now, while you might think stingray boots would refer to something created to fend those triangular shaped monsters of the shallow off, in this case, they refer to the many cowboy boots made from the hides of stingrays, which might create confusion once a product is branded and marketed with similar verbiage. When people search for "how to clean stingray boots" they will really be meaning those cowboy boots, so the expectations will need to be adjusted. 

Competing Against Natural Methods of Prevention

Can people do without anti stingray booties? That is the question. Does the product really need to be created? Just like hunters might stomp around in the woods hoping snakes feel the vibrations and move out of the way, swimmers and surfers have read that stomping or doing the stingray shuffle in the sand will scare away the stinging fish we are discussing here, but that may be a myth, and the worst part is that it may even increase the odds of getting "bitten". More research is needed here. 

 Limited Application - Making a Choice

While you've got to start somewhere, it may be best to start with puncture proofing the soles of boots. But, now you have to pick a product to do that with, whether it is surf booties or dive booties, and there is a difference! And, when you start sourcing make sure you aren't getting dive boots when you are really wanting surf boots. The difference between the two might be subtle but surfers don't want a thick sole while divers too, and surfers want tighter fitting booties so they don't fall off while diver boots may be a little looser. Then there is the question of just making a puncture proof sole when the stingray tail may whip up and strike the ankle, or hit someone in the leg, so now we are looking at sourcing materials that go far beyond the sole. Puncture proof wetsuit anyone?

Stingray Trademarks and Patents

With all of this said it is good to check uspto.gov for existing patents and trademarks, and there does appear to be some there, albeit it you'll need a lawyer to determine what's possible. Someone who was looking into this product idea with me, as we chatted excitedly over tea, said to me that one patent is there but doesn't seem to have a product out yet, while I remember seeing a few things but didn't think they were strong enough to prevent stingray boots from being born. 

Issues With Legal Claims 

There is also a question about whether one can create some barb sting prevention and say it is stingray proof - because then what happens if the product defects or does not work, which leaves one to say stingray protection boot or not say anything at all. 

No Other Products Marketed As Stingray Boots

Speaking of not saying anything at all, many products out there might say puncture proof, none that I saw seem to really say or state or market language that leads people to believe that their booties will shield them from barb stings, leaving people to just assume that water shoes protect them against rays, when in fact they probably don't even come close, which brings us to discussing the material science required to pull this off. 

What Materials Are Actually Stingray Proof?


Well, I don't know, but I found a material scientist on Fivver who provided this report, which basically recommended: SuperFabric, HexArmor, Turtleskin, etc. - ultimately saying Kevlar should be used. 

Where To Source Stingray Proof Boots?

Now comes the fun part: sourcing new products. The first place I checked was Alibaba, because a friend of mine just developed a surf leash key chain here and found some great manufacturers there. I spent a few nights writing letters to the five I found that said they made surf booties, but then found that actually they were making dive boots. When I asked if they could put a Kevlar layer in (which beware may be patented already even if it is as easy as slipping in a layer into the existing upper and sole) they said yes and that I'd need to pay $100 for a sample to be sent. A sample coming from China will take forever and the back and forth will too, so this is where my thought experiment ended. I did get a few photos of mock ups, but nothing I saw or read on there I would want to actually buy. 

Design Considerations


Beyond the patent and trademark issues of basically putting a layer of some material that is puncture proof into an existing boot design, one must consider that it has to be light enough, work okay in salt water, not hurt the skin, etc., and actually work! And, who is going to test it? 

PR Stunt Not To Do!


My friend joked that one could take the sample stingray resistant booties or whatever they turn out to be and walk through the stingrays at the local aquarium's petting zoo where they have such animals for kids to touch. Of course, one could talk with them about ideas on how to actually test the shoes out but the point is that one must be careful how the testing actually happens. One can assume that needle testing, etc. might simulate the real thing, but beta testing a product like this for real could get one in trouble, legally, physically, and psychologically if it hurts animals or the people testing. 

Getting Started

If you're actually interested in getting started, it may pay off to get a good domain to sell the product on a single product website, such as: 

rayboots.net
stingraybooties.com
stingrayboots.com
stingrayprotection.com

During my tea time product dev research which I love to do on my off time, I looked these up and they were available, so I purchased them (and will gladly let them go super low if you end up bringing this product alive to save the surfing and swimming soles, legs, ankle, etc. of the world.

I played around with some logo ideas too, like this:
stingray boot booties

Disclaimer: this article is not intended to be accurate, truth, or helpful in any serious way.  No one is to assume anything useful or hold the blogger responsible for anything discussed here...it is a thought experiment after all, intended to attract a community of commenters to discuss the idea. 






Where can I Sell My Arrowheads | I Want To Buy A Clovis

The Short Cut On How To Find A Clovis Point (Spear Head or Arrow Head): Buy One 


Are you looking for where I can sell my arrowheads? I want to buy a Clovis Point. I know that would be a shortcut on actually getting out in the field to finding a Clovis Point, but I guess I just want to have one in my hand to get inspired to take the first step.

As I look on eBay (see photo below) I see Clovis Points advertised for anywhere from $30 to several $100 but for some reason I don't feel like buying one there. So I'm writing this blog to connect with someone who has gone out into the field and found a Clovis Point they want to sell and hopes that they will reach out to me
clovis points for sale
Source: ebay, screenshot of arrowheads / clovis points for sale online


Of course I do not want a replica or fake Clovis point.I want one of those 15000 year old spear points that the ancient tribesmen in North America used to bring down all those woolly mammoths.

Some people spend a lot of time looking for Native American artifacts. Indian artifacts can become a bit of it an obsession, but for me I just want one Clovis Point. So while I can search the Internet for arrowheads for sale it is really just one of the Clovis points that I want. Granted if I do find one then the chore will be in how to identify the artifact as being real. 

I can only imagine that a real Clovis Point would not have machine marks or other clues to how it might have been made and modern times, the patina would feel and look thousands of years old. Jurassic Park scientists could take a sample of the mammoth blood from it and create new mammoths, with a little lab magic and a modern day elephant. 

So, if you've been out in the field or your yard or wherever you have found a Clovis Point and want to know who buys Indian artifacts near me, reach out to me on my contact form and let's get the conversation started. Otherwise I'll be searching for where to find arrowheads and North Carolina and getting out to find one of those Clovis points myself...if Gordon Godwin hasn't beat me to it first.


Some people spend hours and hours looking through fields for arrowheads and other Indian artifacts.  But now many of the arrow heads that were once out there are now found and often times you cannot find arrowheads and fields anymore. Why? Because agricultural practices have changed and fields are not plowed the way they used to be. So arrowheads no longer turn up in the soil so that hunters of these items don't so easily find them. However that doesn't mean that arrowheads cannot be found anymore it just means that fields aren't where to find arrowheads. So, it might not be the fields I'll be scraping through, but alongside streams and new construction sites. 

Unless...I find one online from my friendly arrowhead finders :)




Public Lectures & Events at UNC Chapel Hill | NC State | Duke

UNC Chapel Hill, NC State & Duke University's Lectures Open To The Public


Because I always like attending public lectures at universities near me, and because they are always so hard to find all in one spot, I am including links here to the event calendars where public lectures would be listed at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State: 

  • UNC Chapel Hill public lectures / calendar events link: https://www.unc.edu/events/ (You can also drill down into the event calendars of specific schools within each university. For example, here is the one for UNC Chapel Hill's business school: https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/events/ (which is mainly & unfortunately advertising for its MBA etc. programs). And, another way people find out about events is via each school's Twitter, for example: https://twitter.com/kenanflagler
    • COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
    • SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
    • HUSSMAN SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MEDIA
    • ADAMS SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
    • THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
    • SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
    • SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
    • SCHOOL OF INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE
    • SCHOOL OF NURSING
    • ESHELMAN SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
    • KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL - https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/events/
    • SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
    • GILLINGS SCHOOL OF GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH
    • SCHOOL OF LAW
Come back later to check new additions as this is a work in progress or comment with what's missing.

The last public lecture I caught was actually at UT, when Dr. Robert Sapolsky (Stanford professor of biology, neurosurgery, neurological sciences) spoke at UT on how his studies on primates relate to human behavior & thinking, so I hope to find some good ones here. If you know of any upcoming, please contact me with details, or post a comment.

Another link to other local events that sometimes includes expert talks and workshops at universities:

Can I Remove a Page Url From Google With New Google Console | Answer: You Can't Anymore

How to Deindex, Remove & or Block a Url With The New Google Console

Recently a situation came up where I needed to request that Google remove a url / page from Google Search, and I recalled that there was a tool in Google Console, formerly Google Webmaster Tools. When I went into the New Google Console to look for the url removals tool, it is now grouped among legacy tools (see photo to the right), and that tool no longer functions. Also a Google Search for: 

  • remove url from google search
  • how can i remove a link from google search
  • google outdated content removal
  • how do i get something remove from google search
  • google public removal tool

 ...doesn't help to find any other tool, and in fact an outdated Google support page leads us to believe that we can still use the tool: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663419?hl=en

But, that is not the case. In fact, as of Sept 1, 2019 Google no longer supports url blocking directives from robots.txt. With a couple of obscure exceptions, the only easy way to remove a page url from Google indexing is to add a no index meta tag to the page you do not want to be indexed. Even deleting the page (404 or 410 status code) does not necessarily deindex the page right away. 

To summarize though, the answer to whether the New Google Console helps you remove a url from Google Indexing - no, not anymore. 

How Long Does It Take To Get a Response on iNaturalist App - Review

iNaturalist App Responses - Time For Experts to Respond With IDs & Accuracy


Lion's Mane Mushroom photo
Lion's Mane Mushroom photo
After hearing about the iNaturalist app from a few naturalist friends, I downloaded it to get ids on plants and mushrooms I come across in the forest. Prior to that I would post photos of what I wanted to get id'd onto Facebook. My main concern about switching to iNaturalist was not knowing how long it would take to get an id from an expert, and how accurate it would be. 

The other day I saw a mushroom while out on a short hike.  I 99.99% knew the mushroom was a lion's mane but wanted to test out how long it would take for someone to respond on iNaturalist with the id, and whether it would confirm my knowledge of this particular fungi. 

Sure enough, within the same hour I got a response, but it was not helpful, more like this is a "fungi", and then someone tagged it later in the day a couple of hours later with the proper id name. And, then later that day someone else upvoted it. So, all in all my review of iNaturalist from this test is that it is quick id and accurate, but lacks the discussion or speed that I got from Facebook plant and mushroom id groups.

Neuromancer Movie 2020 Release Date

Neuromancer 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017....and, it never came out. 


The New Yorker just wrote a long profile piece on William Gibson, who is the undisputed father of cyber punk movement, and from whose mind terms such as "cyber space" was born. It can be argued that movies like the Matrix and Ghost in the Shell are styled after Gibson's sci fi imaginings, especially when it comes to the classic, Neuromancer. However, for years - 10 or 15 now - there has been discussion on making the movie Neuromancer. People are searching Google with terms like Neuromancer movie 2019,  Neuromancer movie 2018,  Neuromancer movie Reddit, and watch online - all in hopes of catching it when it comes out or once watching it now (assuming the movie has had to have already been released).

IMDB has a movie profile for it too here,  but it says that it is "in development".

I tagged William Gibson (@GreatDismal) on Twitter to ask him when the movie will be released, and I'm hoping for a response like, I'm glad you asked, what great timing, Neuromancer 2020 is coming this May!


Haiku Syllable Counter Tool | Tool to Count Syllables in English

English Haiku Syllable Counter Tool

Here is a haiku syllable counter tool I had built in JavaScript by a developer. It will also help you with your haiku format with this syllable counting algorithm, which can also double as a tool to count syllables in English. Once you enter your words, scroll down to see the syllable output below the field where you wrote in your haiku



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