Saturday, February 23, 2008
Could this MV Rotarian, Gordon Neville, be Babe Ruth's long lost son? Some people think so! They look a lot alike. You be the judge. Gordon is the Club's former president and is a Paul Harris recipient. Although he has hit many home runs in Rotary, we don't think he hit any on the ball field!
The traditional Snellen chart is printed with eleven lines of block letters. The first line consists of one very large letter, which may be one of several letters, for example E, H, N, or A. Subsequent rows have increasing numbers of letters that decrease in size. A patient taking the test covers one eye and reads aloud the letters of each row, beginning at the top. The smallest row that can be read accurately indicates the patient's visual acuity in that eye.
JAD showed the group that if you can read the bottom row, you have 20/10 vision. He said that Ted Williams, baseball player for the Red Sox, had 20/10 vision.
- the thickness of the lines equals the thickness of the white spaces between lines and the thickness of the gap in the letter "C"
- the height and width of the optotype (letter) is five times the thickness of the line.
Only the ten letters C, D, E, F, L, N, O, P, T, Z are used in the traditional Snellen chart.
Jad brought with him several charts including one that he uses for children. The kids chart showed symbols rather than letters. He even has cards with an E on it so that parents an take them home and have their children practice with it. Sort of like studying for your Eye Tests.
The presentation had one member exclaim:
"Today's meeting was brought to us by the letter E."
Sunday, February 17, 2008
LIST OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE E-CLUBS
Rotary eClub One: http://rotaryeclubone.org/
Rotary eClub of 3310: http://www.rotaryeclub3310.org/
Rotary eClub of District 7890: http://www.rotaryeclub7890.org/
Rotary eClub of Southwest USA, District 5510: http://www.rotaryeclubsouthwest.org/
Rotary e-Club NY1 of District 7150: http://www.rotaryeclubny1.com/
Rotary eClub of London Centenary, District 1130: http://www.erotarylondon.org/
For a list of eClubs throughout the world go to: http://www.rotilink.org/eClubs/
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
What Is An Inventor?
Al said that that the definition of an Inventor is "one who contrives or conceives a previously unknown device, method or process. " So Al has plenty of those devices to be considered an honest to goodness, full fledged, high faulting Inventor. One that Thomas Edison would be proud of for all that Al has done.
Included in Al's Inventions are are the Squirrel Baffler, the Cane Caddy and the Rollamite. The Rollamite, which Al has patented 25 years ago, is a device to move objects with the least friction given to society. The Squirrel Baffler Al invented 3 years ago. During that time the squirrels succeed at making it to the seeds only 3 time. Al, true to the Inventor's spirit, made modification to the Baffler 2 months ago and so far, no squirrel has outsmarted the new and improved version.
Al says that patents for inventions have been around for 200 years, and the first patten was influenced by Thomas Jefferson in 1790! Al's first patent was in 1980. On average there are 1,000 patents a year. Thomas Edison, himself, had over 1,000 patents.
Al has inventions, but he has also had plenty of discoveries' Al said that a discovery is attributed to finding, leaning of, or observing for the first time. Some of Al's discoveries includes doing push ups to cure tendinitis; walking backwards to cure heel bone spurs; using Zantac to cure acid reflux ; leaning forward with feet flat to cure leg cramps, and taking care of mustard to heal burns.
Al says, " Inventing, has been one areas of life that has been fulfilling and gratifying for me."
Saturday, February 9, 2008
He told the group that the area had been Polio free since August 2000. But in 2006 there were 18 cases, which they believe were the cause of people coming in the area from India who had polio. While there, Carl took part in an Polio Inoculation Day which involved 700,000 volunteer inoculating 24 million children, all in one day.
Center For Children
While there Carl took a special interest in a Center For Children With Special Needs in Madanpur. The Center, which is a project of the Rotary Club of Banani Dhaka provides rehab services to children in the area who have various disabilities. The objectives of the Center include:
- To provide community based rehabilitation
- To train parents to take care of their children with disability
- To impact a socially compatible living to children with disabilities
- To change the attitude of the community toward children with disability
- To establish school and vocational institutions
The organization of services for these children depend on both community based and institutional approaches to rehabilitation. The main work is to take the service for these children to their doorsteps so that mothers can avail it more easily. They have 40 children enlisted.
Support Is Needed
The Merrimack Valley Rotary, under Carl's direction and vision will help this organization by raising funds through the Club's own efforts and then to apply for Matching Grants. Anyone interested in helping us with these efforts can contact the Club by either writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Club President Ken Masson at (978) 446-9366.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Also, Fred is making new as being very progressive with his computer generated music...take a look at this writeup in a music industry publication:
Fred Lospennato is a fine accordionist who has done massive research with his MIDI accordion and the Ketron XD3. The things he is doing are almost unheard of in the MIDI accordion world. Using his wireless accordion he has developed a system whereby he can change styles, using registrations, on his XD3. Using this method he can also call patterns in addition to built-in styles. Remarkable!! His web site is www.strollingserenades.com. You can email him at email@example.com