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Faithful Freinds June 10, 2006

Posted by Pontiff in local search, Pontification, Search, Usability, user interface.
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This morning I woke up to find Lola, our St. Bernard, had passed away in the back yard. What was I supposed to do? I'd never actually thought about what one does with a 170 lbs animal. Add to that my wife and three small children were returning from buying birthday presents for our 2 year old. Lola, was the size of a horse and was lying pretty much where the children would be frolicking. I felt certain they would notice .

My wife had had a particularly trying day and loved that dog. I did too. What I wasn't going to do was deliver this news on the cell phone where she was sure to have a complete breakdown.

I don't know why but I called my mother who suggested that she would send my 75 year old father over with a shovel at which point we would dig. I pointed out that he needed to pickup some dynamite because in Nashville you hit solid rock between 2 and 3 feet pretty much anywhere. I live in Green Hills and the bedrock is about 14 inches down which would mean we would have to build a tomb. Anyway the web was no help. zero..So through word of mouth I find Chuck and Faithful Friends. He was prompt and thorough and sensitive.

I appreciate what he did today. I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm insane because I a nightmare vision of Marissa and the kids driving up just as we had Lola on the stretcher.

Why am I blogging this? There was no service listed anywhere online in Nashville such as Faithful Friends. If you don't believe me take a look yourself. However it only took two phone calls to narrow in on Chuck. Why is that? Moreover I seriously doubt I was the only person who has ever turned to the web for help finding something that seems like it should be coming up on Google and Yahoo. Chuck's website is brand-new and I hope this post can help someone in similar circumstances.

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Chronic Advertising June 9, 2006

Posted by Pontiff in chronicnews, Pontification, unbundled content, Unbundled Media.
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Chronicnews shows network bloggers its ad system that flows text and rich media through blog content in place of static banners or text. Node Flow ads allow publishers and bloggers to set a synchronized or semi random placement of text, flash, image or streaming video content inside ‘ad nodes’ which flow along the page with the content as it moves from top to bottom.

The service is free to bloggers in the network. Chronicnew is a Nashville company operating a web based publishing network focused on local content. It utilizes RSS for content delivery and relies on search visibility for its site promotion. The results of their initial experimental development were evident in late May when NashvilleSNews , the original development site, reached number 8 in Google search results for the search phrase "Nashville News". That key word combination is one of if not the single most competitive in the market.

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Advertising whereever you look…!!!

No actaully this works nicely and while it isn't going to revolutionize the web it will help productive bloggers get paid for their output whereever it may end up.

First Adult Cancer Patient in Nashville to Receive Stem Cell Transplant June 8, 2006

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First Adult Cancer Patient in Nashville to Receive Stem Cell Transplant From Umbilical Cord Blood at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 8 (AScribe Newswire) — When 24-year-old Charles Dougherty checks into Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center tomorrow, he’ll be preparing for a treatment that has never been performed before in an adult patient in Nashville, and will be only the second case in Tennessee history.

The stem cell transplant will use blood from an anonymous umbilical cord donor and could save Dougherty’s life. Madan Jagasia, M.D., a specialist in hematology and stem cell transplant, will perform the transplant. "If Charles doesn’t get the transplant his leukemia will come back. He has already relapsed once," Jagasia said. Cord blood transplants have been widely used to treat children with blood-borne cancers, but the procedure is still new in adult patients because of the amount of stem cells needed for a larger patient. Jagasia said the techniques needed to safely carry out the cord blood transplant have also improved. "We’ve gotten better at freezing, transporting and collecting cord blood."

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Good luck Charles.


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Mistaken identity of the worst most horrific sort June 1, 2006

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Indiana parents spend weeks at their daughter’s bedside, awaiting her emergence from a coma. When she comes to, the girl says she isn’t their daughter – she’s actually another blonde who was in the car wreck. Which means their own daughter has already been buried.For the past week, the family of Laura VanRyn, 22, had been using a blog to keep friends and loved ones up to date on the young woman’s progress since the April 26 crash involving several students at Taylor University. The young woman was in a rehab center in Grand Rapid, Mich, when she started coming to.


I can’t even begin to imagine what these poor people have experienced. My heart goes out to them.


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