Sunday, April 13, 2014

My life...24 hours in the world of a photojournalist

" Possibly the coolest part of my day was when Coach Jones said "I send them! Don't you ever do that!" To a member of the operations team. Then I attended the KiMe Parkinson's research ball! I was so impressed and I can't wait to work with them in the future. For more information visit KiMi Fund. Finally, I see that my friend Carla is dating Snoop...allegedly. Click here Snoop Dogg and Carla Howe Please note. The statements listed immediately above are the sole opinion of the noted writer of the above document.The information should be construed as an open opinion and information contained in this document represents facts to the best of the writers knowledge and should not be viewed as permanent certified fact but that as the way the information is interpreted by the opinion of the author.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Correction Corporation of America...follow the money...

Follow the money http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/corrections-corp-of-america/46a43aff0a6743c59fbebd588e8ee743?cycle=-1

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2011/03/haslam-budget-provides-31-mill.html

https://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/jul/15/three-contributors-to-haslam-campaign-work-for/?print=1

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/key_senators_on_immigration_get_campaign_cash_from_prison_companies.php?page=all

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Corrections_Corporation_of_America

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Always go back to basics...How to give one heck of a campaign speech in under 3 minutes...

Ok, so tonight I saw what was probably the closest political speech ever to the "Perfect Formula." Ed Brantley literally had an almost flawless speech I personally have not been this impressed since 2007 with a political speech! For those that are wondering in my 28 years of being in politics (yes when I was 12 years old I went to my first Tax-Pac meeting and never looked back)their is one speech that really blew me away. The good news, it was caught on video! After listening to long drawn out speeches, train wrecks, and rambling on candidates, I literally went back to my old Myspace page and found the video!

The speaker is Phd. General Thomas Barraga. My political mentor when I was growing up in New York. He is a legendary politician. During my last and final conversation in New York, days before I left for Knoxville he gave me the following advice. "Dan, never give a political speech more then 3 minutes. Never, let down your energy, and never lose confidence in what you believe in." So tonight I give the same advice to everyone running.

How to give one heck of a great political speech in under 3 minutes

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Real time reviews of Twitter Analytic tools using #knoxwx

As you probably know I been working on a really cool project called #knoxwx. For more information on the subject please visit http://etspj.org/new-universal-hashtag-for-local-news/Please note. So how is it working out? For an up to the minute comparison on what is trending in Knoxville I use a couple of features. I use trendsmap.com/local/us/knoxville to see where exactly I am at in trending topics in Knoxville.

Next, when I want to really break things down after all the drama of the incliment weather fades away, I use an awesome project called http://keyhole.co/ This program is robust and gives strong data. In my opinion the data is clean, easy to read, and downright impressive! I truly love this program for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is it is just simple, straightforward, and tells me exactly what I need to know. How many people used the tag, who is the greatest influence, and ectera.

The next tool I use and this is a good one http://twitaholic.com/ I get real time access into looking into a users following. The main thing I am looking for is "did someone who used the hashtag #knoxwx have their numbers jump? Meaning did they gain followers?

Next, I look at the leading influencers. To dig deep, I use http://tweepsmap.com/. I love this program! This program tells the location of where the Twitter account followers are and can literally break down the information into time zones, states, cities, and other information about who makes up a following of a Twitter account.

So these are just some of the tools I have been working on. At this time I am getting good solid data that I can use and advance my platform with. Well, that is about it for now.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Focus on the Weather...

Time 9:43 am EST... This is Skywarn Weather Spotter and cocorahs.org trained Dan Andrews, a reporter for Knoxville Focus providing an update.

Both weather stations are properly working. We have Focus One (left) transmitting data. If Focus One goes down for any reason we will switch to the backup.

Our http://www.cocorahs.org/ measuring device is clean and ready...

Finally, our clean, flat, non heat reflective device is ready to go. This is where we will take official hourly measurements.

We are at the western most region of Knox County. We are located in Concord Tennessee, just about 300 yards from the Loudon County Boarder.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Updated weather related links for Knox County

http://www.cocorahs.org/Maps/ViewMap.aspx?state=TN This website gives exclusive totals from the dedicated weather volunteers that literally manually measure the snow

Knox County's National Weather Service Center

KUB Power Outage map

My personal weather station...Shameless plug

Possibly my favorite weather tool the Wunderground map Please note. The statements listed immediately above are the sole opinion of the noted writer of the above document.The information should be construed as an open opinion and information contained in this document represents facts to the best of the writers knowledge and should not be viewed as permanent certified fact but that as the way the information is interpreted by the opinion of the author.

Behind the scenes

In the last 24 hours I have been working the phones and email reaching out to as many organizations as possible trying to get them on board with the hashtag project. At Command HQ West, I have installed a backup weather station... Getting some sleep because later today will be interesting. Please note. The statements listed immediately above are the sole opinion of the noted writer of the above document.The information should be construed as an open opinion and information contained in this document represents facts to the best of the writers knowledge and should not be viewed as permanent certified fact but that as the way the information is interpreted by the opinion of the author.