I have yet to see "SICKO", the new Michael Moore movie (hopefully I will have a chance very soon), but I am dying to. Here are some commentaries I've encountered that I've found interesting:
Also, here's a discussion that we've held in TuDiabetes about the topic:
It's very interesting how the message, coming from Moore, can be disturbing even to some people who acknowledge many of the points he makes to be true...
Have you seen the movie? What did you think about it?
30 June, 2007
I have yet to see "SICKO", the new Michael Moore movie (hopefully I will have a chance very soon), but I am dying to. Here are some commentaries I've encountered that I've found interesting:
29 June, 2007
I had no clue until I saw this video of Stephen Colbert "reviewing" it... :)
Have a good weekend! Enjoy this cooking short... ;)
Last Sunday, a 65-year-old St. Louis man was kicked off a train by Amtrak personnel in the middle of a national forest in Arizona, mistaking his diabetic shock for drunk and disorderly behavior. As a result, he was missing until he was found last night.
He is now recovering in the hospital. This man had been recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I can relate to what happened to him: within weeks of having being diagnosed myself, I had my first "low" (40 mg/dL) and it wasn't funny. And a blood sugar of 40 is NOTHING compared to what this man was going through at the time he was left to his fate!
Enough is enough! We have to put a stop to this madness, people! There's an unacceptable rise in cases of diabetic people mistakenly getting treated like crap because private or public officials are not trained to identify blood sugar lows or diabetic shocks.
Help get the word out about this (thanks to Marston, from SugarStats, for the link to Amtrak's contact us form):
-Digg the story
-Contact any media people you know about this.
-Let Amtrak know what you think about their actions (this is what I just wrote to them).
Last night I learned about the event with a senior person in diabetic shock that was kicked off one of your trains by your personnel in a National Forest in Arizona!
As a diabetic, I feel outrage to learn about this. But as a human being it simply escapes me how the people who did this could be OK with their conscience. Although I cannot understand how your personnel may not be trained to identify a diabetic shock, much less I can understand that anybody would be fine with leaving someone (even if they were drunk) to their own fate in the middle of nowhere.
You guys should take action to make sure this never happens again. This is an embarrassment!!
28 June, 2007
But most importantly, I can't believe the number of people who are finding solace in the site, the number of people who have opened up for the first time about diabetes through the site, the number of people who are posting on a blog for the first time... on Tu Diabetes.
Anyway... sorry about the tangent. I just wanted to share! AND I wanted to share too that Tu Diabetes made it to the home page of Ning.com today. Here's a screenshot so you can see for yourselves. :)
Thanks to everyone that has made this possible... Thanks in particular to Andreina, my beautiful wife, who has been incredibly supportive and beautiful throughout this whole process and who has lent her design talents to make sure the site looks as good as it can. We'll continue to work hard to make the site be the best it can be.
27 June, 2007
This is VERY exciting!!! Tu Diabetes has been featured on the blog of Ning.com. For those who don't know what Ning is, it's the platform that Tu Diabetes runs on, so it means a lot! As a reference, there are over 70,000 other networks that Ning powers!! :)
Like I wrote to Gina, the co-founder and CEO of Ning, the site has been like a dream come true and the response has been amazing: the members have embraced it in a way that is very inspiring and are making it an exciting community with an incredible mission that it's an honor to be a part of.
26 June, 2007
I am happy to have been invited to blog for the folks over at SugarStats.com. Looking forward to having this as the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration between this extraordinary site and Tu Diabetes, for the benefit of the diabetics of the world.
For more details on SugarStats and what it can do to help you with Diabetes Management, read these posts.
I've got a "tough" competition because Hernandez is quite a common last name in Spanish, so there's like 3-4 "famous" Manny Hernandez.
If you Google me:
you will find my blog at #1 (at least today!)
But you will find these guys:
-The eighties Dominican baseball player - obviously not me!
-The Photographer from Miami - not me.
-The American Sign Language Storyteller - not me.
What do you find when you Google yourself? Is that too self-centered? :)
A while back I shared in here the story of Jorg, a YouTube celebrity that was the brainchild of Brett Novak, a Digital Arts & Design student at Full Sail. Today I was amazed to see his most recent piece: a gorgeous compositing job done in Adobe After Effects, with some great music by Lemon Jelly.
24 June, 2007
Asi fue este fin de semana, en que tuvimos a Jesus (Chucho), con su esposa (Enid) y Mini-Me (el clon de Chucho, Gabriel) de visita. Lastima no pudimos compartir el sabado, porque estaba (yo) mal del estomago, pero hoy tuvimos chance de pasar un rato mas de calidad, comiendo venezolano en Q'Kenan, antes que se fueran de vuelta para Toronto.
Fue muy bueno verte, hermano!
Santiago gozo un puyero a comienzos de la semana, cuando fuimos al Miami Children's Museum (altamente recomendable). Aqui lo ven vestido de Bombero, manejando el propio camion de los bomberos (con sirena y demas):
Al ver el video, no pude evitar el clasico "Fuego" de Las Chicas del Can. Para quienes ya lo olvidaron, disfruten del videito:
P.S. Para mas videos y fotos de Santiago durante la visita al Museo, visiten su blog.
22 June, 2007
Andreina sold her first piece last night! It was the one you see above, titled "bAlance".
Congrats, mi amor!!! I am VERY proud of you and the work you do!
If you want to see her other pieces (in case you are interested, and want to own an "Andreina Davila" before she becomes VERY famous), visit her deviantArt Gallery and contact her (andreinadav at gmail dot com) with any questions.
20 June, 2007
(Design: Mat Giordano)
"Each of us will belong to between 12 and 24 online and/or mobile communities by 2010, and our power to do good things and disrupt old industries will be unique and radiant." – David Silver, Smart Start-Ups
Reading this phrase recently made me wonder how many communities am I currently a part of? This was the tally I arrived at:
* Propeller: the Student Portal I manage at Full Sail.
* Last.FM: to share the music I listen, so can find… more new music to listen.
* Twitter: to share what I do in a micro-blog fashion (allows 140-character long posts).
* Flickr: where I share my photos and comment on friends’ photos.
* YouTube: I mean, who doesn’t know YouTube?
* LinkedIn: for business purposes.
* Del.icio.us: to share interesting web sites I run into.
* Digg: allows me to "vote" on links, though at times it gets a little annoying.
* MySpace: to listen to music, once in a while.
* Facebook: starting to warm up to it, but really not something I am on constantly.
* TuDiabetes: a community for those affected by diabetes that I founded and manage on a daily basis.
* Amazon.com: people can now comment on other people's reviews.
* Kinzin: a social network for families.
That makes for 13 communities that I participate in on a regular basis! So, I begin to wonder: how much is too much? After all, all of these online communities do add something to my life in one way or another, don’t they? Or is it possible I may be letting other things pass by the side by spending too much time online?
Social Networking Fatigue and Other Online Ailments
A while back, I was filling up my tank at a nearby gas station and noticed an ad above the pump that said: "Has 'Pay at the pump' made us lonelier people?" and went on to invite you to hop in to talk to the cashier once in a while, instead of always using your card to pay outside.
That little message stuck with me. In today's social media environment, we claim to have more "friends", yet how many people do we really get to talk to, how many folks could we claim we really know. Not too many: like a comment on this post said, "... having friends is about not just sharing information, but responding uniquely and interacting with said friend."
Is the solution to unplug ourselves in order to deal with the Social Networking Fatigue that comes from dealing with hundreds of people? Should we go cold turkey and erase our names from the Social Networks of the world (good luck with getting Google to wipe you out!)?
That may be a bit extreme, because we’d loose the real opportunity that these tools give us to connect or reconnect with the people we can't physically stay in touch with. But, in general, we have lost some of that "touch" that things used to have.
Remember the movie Cars? The whole organic experience that Route 66 used to bring to the lives of travelers was substituted by the speed that the Interstate brought to their trips, getting them quicker to where they were going to, but loosing them the chance to really connect with others during their trip through the Southwest desert.
I don’t think there’s any going to go back to our pre-online times (nor does it make sense), but next time you realize it’s been hours since you last spoke to someone, turn off the monitor, grab your keys and go pump gas somewhere. Just remember to say "Hi!" to the guy inside when you do! ;)
We were gone for four days to Miami on vacation. Photos, videos, tips and tricks for an affordable vacation in South Beach coming up soon.
P.S. For what it's worth, I will share something ahead of time. Avoid the Holiday Inn in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at all costs. It's in really bad shape and worth nowhere near what they charge ($120 per night). Thank God we had a coupon!
14 June, 2007
A while back, I blogged about SugarStats, a Web 2.0 application for Diabetes Management.
Today, I can proudly say I have effectively been able to reduce my blood glucose levels by almost 10% in the past month, by exercising more and becoming more aware of my eating habits and glucose trends, thanks to SugarStats.com.
Below you can see a chart (one of many that the application offers) showing the progression of my blood glucose over the past 30 days:
Needless to say I openly endorse the product and highly recommend it. Here's my video commentary:
This is funny... You can also view the Quicktime version of the promo here.
What's even cooler is that Digital Kitchen, the design firm that put together this funny viral bit, does do all the work featured in it. Clever! ;)
So many people touched by cancer these days... so many. Today we're running a story on this very topic in our Student Portal in Full Sail. Here's an excerpt from it that touched me deeply:
"It has been far from easy to be 19 and brush your hair into a trash can in the morning, or get up at 5am to go to PT and get treatments, but make sure to leave the hospital in time to beat traffic to get to class…." - A Show Production graduate - May 2007 who just found out she is now cancer-free.Coincidentally, I read this post on the blog of Michael Fergusson, where he shares the story of how cancer has touched his family and what they're doing about it.
There's a lot you can do. Take action: raise awareness, raise funds, raise your voice.
13 June, 2007
Andreina just called me to tell me that the storm made our GRILL FLY! The photo above I took on 06/14 (the morning after the storm): it shows a tree across the street, by my office.
This is the wording from the Severe Thunderstorm Warning:
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL 347 PM EDT WED JUN 13 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... ORANGE COUNTY IN FLORIDA.
* UNTIL 445 PM EDT
* AT 342 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTH OF MAITLAND...OR ABOUT OVER LONGWOOD... AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.
* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO... LOCKHART...OCOEE...PINE HILLS... FAIRVIEW SHORES...ORLOVISTA... WINTER PARK...WINDERMERE...BAY HILL... UNIVERSAL STUDIOS...DOCTOR PHILLIPS...WET N WILD WATER PARK... ORLANDO...AZALEA PARK...OAK RIDGE... UNION PARK...CONWAY...PINE CASTLE... SEA WORLD...BELLE ISLE...PLEASURE ISLAND...BITHLO...ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND LAKE MARY JANE
THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL... AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER... PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
11 June, 2007
We made it! Tu Diabetes just had our 100th Member join a few minutes ago!! This is SO humbling and overwhelming...
Thanks to everyone who has invited others or posted on your blogs about Tu Diabetes:
Forgive me if I am leaving anyone out (I also may be leaving out blogrolls). As a result of this incredible response, we even picked up a new tagline from Scott Johnson's post:
Let's keep it up! Invite spouses, friends, relatives, doctors: anybody with diabetes or affected by it, whom you feel may benefit from sharing in Tu Diabetes, a Social Network for Diabetics.
09 June, 2007
If you see the first draft in Flickr, you can follow a little bit the evolution that I went through this afternoon to get here.
Andreina gave me two key pointers that made a huge difference:
1) Boxing (as in a button) the "Find Out How" call to action.
2) Putting something interesting in the background, to make it less "flat".
I will be adding the banner to the Avance Associates site shortly...
In the meantime, you can see in this composition how it should be looking live once everything is finalized and in place.
Granted that Michael Moore is far from being an objective movie maker, he sure knows how to touch hot topics and the one his coming movie "SICKO" is going to deal with actually excites me a lot (and my fellow diabetes bloggers and members of TuDiabetes.com, Scott and Amy feel the same way)! He's going to deal with healthcare.
In the past, I have talked about our messed up Health System here, so I won't go into how I feel about the US Healthcare system once more, but this time I decided to share a little known part of my story about having diabetes and getting insurance while working in a Small Business (you don't) in a video reply to Michael Moore's video on YouTube:
Posted by manny hernandez @ 08:57
08 June, 2007
A while back, I was thinking of writing a short post summarizing what is Link Popularity. After all, along with the concept of Search Engine Optimization, the development of Link Popularity is the other element that is critical in obtaining top results when users conduct searches using Google, Yahoo! and other search engines.
Today I encountered an amazing compilation of knowledge around the topic of PageRank in Smashing Magazine. Though PageRank basically is employed by Google to determine the ranking of your page (deep, huh?) the concepts outlined in the (very long) post about this topic apply across the board and should serve as a comprehensive reference of things to do and avoid, to accomplish higher Link Popularity.
If you are wondering what the Link Popularity for your site is like, try the Link Popularity Check tool from MarketLeap.
07 June, 2007
Jamas imagine que pondria aqui un video de reggaeton, pero en realidad este tema de Rey El Vikingo toca muy profundo.
El video tiene un excelente nivel de produccion y trae un mensaje importante. Aqui tienen una entrevista con el artista (jamas me hubiera imaginado que vive en Montreal) o si prefieren, una version en salsa de Hasta Cuando.
06 June, 2007
Last night Tu Diabetes, our Social Network for People Touched by Diabetes, received a major facelift.
Andreina (my wife) spent countless hours working on alternative designs and experimenting with different fonts and palettes. The resulting banner for the site (which will be serving as the basis for any additional collateral we end up developing) can be seen above. If you click on the image to get to the site, you can see it full size and also enjoy the color palette she selected for the site, to match the colors of the banner.
The hands with the red dots you see to the right represent the hands of all the people with diabetes, coming together as part of this network, and the routine we all need to go through many times a day to test our blood sugar, by using a lancing device to get a tiny drop of blood.
I want to thank Andre for the time and dedication she put into this. I am incredibly happy with the end result and so far, the members of Tu Diabetes are enjoying it too (although they can no longer customize the header of their individual spaces as a result of having a site header in place -sorry!).
I also want to acknowledge the work of Ray Larabie, of Larabie Fonts, since one of the fonts he designed (Cuomotype) was used in the banner. Although this font, like many other fonts he offers, is free for commercial use, I encourage you to support his work by giving a voluntary donation.
05 June, 2007
04 June, 2007
Yep! That includes kite surfing!
02 June, 2007
I was reading earlier a blog post on the outlook for translators in the future. Indeed there's not much of a future for translators, in the long run: I don't know that I will be around to live a world where automatic translations systems get as far as this article mentions:
"We are optimistic that in the near future, we will be able to deliver a device that will be able to translate successfully 80 to 90 percent of the time when speakers articulate carefully and stick to specific subject areas during the conversation," said Mari Maeda, program manager for DARPA’s Translation Systems for Tactical Use program.So, I guess there's still some future in translation services for a while, but it's only a matter of time until technology developed by the military renders translators obsolete, much like other technology have made intermediaries less and less necessary over time.
My friend Keith Alan Morris is a brilliant dude!
He used to teach Marketing back at Full Sail and now he's going through the coursework to obtain an MFA in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema from UCF, after which he plans on going back to teach and make movies, the two passions of his life.
Before I met him, he already had written and directed a movie (he even has his own entry in IMDB). Today, he has three motion pictures under his belt and his creativity and passion continue to fuel his work. He told me he's a got a crazy cool idea he can't wait to start shooting. I can't wait to see what it is.
In the meantime, he's posting in his blog tips for filmmakers. Check out what he has to say.
01 June, 2007
El pana Luis se lanzó unas muy interesantes predicciones de Venezuela y el mundo, y como el es un tipo arrecho (tambien es mi jefe!) aprovecho para invitarlos a que lean lo que tiene que decir.
No opino acerca de la NBA, porque no tengo NPI, pero de resto me parece que esta bastante acertado en como ve el futuro de Venezuela y el mundo.
Eso si: Gore para todo el mundo!