TEDxJNJ: Cyber Arms Race

TED on Tech and Terror

One of my favorite TED talks from the conference was on the advancing sophistication and technical capabilities of terrorist cells. Criminals and terrorist cells are using the advanced logistics technologies we built to dismantle the world we live in.  The same technology that enables mass dissemination of free information is also a massive increase of vulnerabilities to exploit. Watch Marc Goodman’s talk. I want to talk about the irony of terrorist organizations leveraging the same technologies we use to fight them for increased efficiency and deadly force. How do we fight this?

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Beautiful Rendition of Dickenson Poem

Will there really be a “Morning”?

Is there such a thing as “Day”?

Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies? Has it feathers like a Bird?

Is it brought from famous countries Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor! Oh some Wise Men from the skies!

Please to tell a little Pilgrim Where the place called “Morning” lies!


Craig Hella Johnson

From 2010 Grammy nominated recording, A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert
Composed by Craig Hella Johnson to a poem by Emily Dickinson
Performed by Craig Hella Johnson and cellist Bion Tsang
“A Company of Voices – Conspirare in Concert” premiered on PBS in March 2009, followed by CD/DVD release. Performance was recorded at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas.

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In Response to Tragedy

Lux aeterna luceat eis Domine.

Let eternal light shine upon them, O Lord.

My heart is in distress. But Joy (and healing) comes in the morning light.

Lord, in your infinite mercy, grant them rest forever more, in Light Eternal.


“I will remember their names and I will sing them to a safer place.” – Jason Robert Brown

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“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
– Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor



20 children among 26 victims of Connecticut elementary school shooting




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TEDxJNJ: The Future of Biogenetics and HealthCare


 Biogenetics, DNA sequencing, personalized healthcare, what does it all mean?  We are standing on the cusp of the next plateau of medical knowledge, and it is all thanks to our growing understanding of our genetic code. Science has already identified multiple gene “markers” that are indications of a genetic susceptibility to certain diseases. As this wealth of knowledge grows, we grow closer to making science fiction a reality – delivering targeted treatments, preventative care, and most eerily, know what hereditary diseases you will contract in the future with an unprecedented level of accuracy. In doing so, one must consider the policies and the human psychology that are affected by such a profound shift in healthcare.

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TEDxJNJ: Mindfulness at Work

UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM… I don’t know about where you work, but I didn’t think there are many places where you are going to see the Zen Master meditating on his desk before the staff meeting…  To kick off my TEDxJNJ experience, I went on an adventure to learn about this skill set called mindfulness, and how I could apply it to my life. Continue reading

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12/12/12 at TEDxJNJ!

MainEventCarouselDecember 12, 2012 was a unique moment in the passage of time that will not be repeated until 01/01/01, that is Jan 1, 2101. I may not live to see it, as I will be one month away from my 112th birthday, but who knows? I have high hopes for health care… I am so fortunate to have attended the TEDxJNJ Main Event to commemorate the milestone! I am energized with thoughts, and passion, and new ideas that will be the subject of several posts. I wanted to explain what role TEDxJNJ has in Johnson & Johnson, and in my own growing career. I believe it is a driver of critical conversations that all human beings should engage in.

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Creativity Experiments

Jim ManisJim Manis is the English Department coordinator at Penn State at the Hazleton campus.  He is also the Director of the Professional Writing Minor. Until, 10 minutes ago, I had never heard of him.  Turns out, he has a set of creative writing exercises that I stumbled upon tonight while scouring the internet for inspiration to write this post.  I think I’m going to do a couple and see how they go. Continue reading

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I am a few months away from completing my Leadership Development Program. At that point, I will continue in my current role as a manager of investigations to discover root cause of critical infrastructure incidents. When I started this journey 18 months ago, I was a different person. I was listening to Dubstep. I was spending my weekends going into New York to rid myself of my new found income at clubs and bars. I was fresh out of college, and chomping at the bit– I wanted to change the world. I still do. At this critical turning point, I look back over the last two years to see what’s changed and what has stayed the same. Continue reading

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I don’t know
why I can’t remember
the first moment I realized
that your warmth, inviting and unrequited,
had rekindled the flame of my own self-worth.

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Pursuit of You

There is an image in my head of  who I want to be, who I’m supposed to be, and who I’m going to be five years from now. In a certain job, in a certain shape, the list goes on.. After a long talk with an old friend this week, I found myself trying to understand how to stress less about these versions of me I have in my head.

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