Saturday, November 30, 2013

How Can You Help Haiyan/Yolanda Survivors? (#thankful)

One way to be thankful is to help these people out:
"The Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW), in association with the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS), seeks your support in donating to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
FCS Logo
The two charities that FLOW has chosen to support are: (1) World Vision, http://www.worldvision.org, and (2) Americares, http://www.americares.org. FLOW selected these two charities after researching and reviewing various charities, in response to the public’s concern of unfortunate corruption of some charitable organizations where donations aren’t being used to directly, efficiently, and effectively help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Please consider this when
making individual donations to charities other than those listed.
There are also a number of fundraising activities the FCS is either hosting or supporting. Please visit http://fcseattle.org for more information.
Please pray for the Philippines, and please consider taking action to assist the relief efforts. There is no effort that is insignificant.
Maraming salamat po! / Thank you very much!

FLOW PROJECT UNITY:
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts
How You Can Help:
Individual Donations:
Drop off individual donations of supplies and goods to the following locations:
1) FCS — 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle, WA 98118. Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
2) Woodinville Heated Storage — 14715 NE North Woodinville Way, Woodinville, WA 98072. Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3) Mill Creek Self Storage — 18205 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012. Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
4) Anchor Storage (Arlington) — 6121 172nd St NE, Arlington, WA 98223. Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Group Donations:
The various donation locations listed below have opened their doors as a drop off point for donations of supplies and goods to be sent to the Philippines. Examples of non-perishables you can donate:
(1) non-perishable, easy to open, ready to eat food items, including unopened baby food;
(2) hygiene items, suchas toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soaps;
(3) plastic sheeting for shelter; and
(4) medical supplies, first aid kits, and unopened, unexpired, over-the-counter medicines and vitamins.
Please encourage your law firm, office, law school, or bar association to make a group donation, whether to one of the charities listed or to the collection of supplies and goods to be sent to the Philippines.
Arrange for your group to set up a donation box at your location.
Collect donations from your group until December6th. Once your box is full, please email FLOW President, Rommel de las Alas, at executives@filipinolawyers.org, and FLOW will arrange for the collection of your group donation.
Please also inquire with your law firm, office, law school, or bar association whether they are willing to do a match program for individual donations made to the charities listed above."
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ten Things I Am Thankful For Right Now

New Wintergreen Berry
Evidently Scion of
Original Plantings Nearby
This is not the most profound list, but it is mine. Why stress about making the best possible list? Just be thankful and move on.
  1. Wintergreen berry bushes are propagating. I should have expected this but it was nice to discover that they are spreading out in our garden and producing berries on the other side of the garden where the originals were planted.
  2. My pants are falling down. This is because I'm either losing weight or firming up. Partly this is due to our classes at the Y, partly this is just being comfortable with being a little hungry sometimes and responding not by eating but by checking whether I'm clear-headed and, if so, letting it ride until lunch.
  3. Classes at the Y. Meeting Kris there after work and doing weights or zoomba or whatever is a nice couples activity. It gives something for us to complain about together ("Man, that set really hurt!") while actually being good for us.
  4. Zoomba. I had mentally snickered at the name for a year but once I actually tried it, I realized that it's very logical activity. Basically, it's doing calisthentics for an hour but, unlike calisthenics, it's not boring. As a result, I *can* do it for an hour and feel happy while doing it.
  5. Beer and Ibuprofen. This is directly related to Zoomba and classes at the Y.
  6. Beer and Friends at Big Al's. Every community needs a place to get together have a brew and talk about nothing. 
  7. My blood pressure is going back to normal. I donate blood regularly (platelets now, mostly, because the Blood Center prefers it) and for the past couple of years my BP was questionable. I was turned down a few times because the lower measurement went over their guidelines. Finally one of the nice white-coated people ("I'm not a doctor") kindly and firmly told me that I really needed to do something about it. I consulted a doctor who wanted to start me on drugs. I asked what drugs and she said a diuretic. I asked about how that worked and basically it meant I would pee a lot more, so the sodium and whatever would be expelled more. I asked about just drinking a whole lot of water, and she said "....".  Well the upshot is I've been drinking a whole lot of water, which is inconvenient because what comes in must go out, but the result is that the last time I donated, my BP was almost normal. You can't get a cheaper drug than water! and I don't think the side effects are worrying.
  8. Cellphone camera. I just love taking pictures and sharing them. Kris will often see something noteworthy, which I photo and share and get the credit for being clever, but really, it's mostly because I carry the camera right in my phone.
  9. Kris is patient. No explanation needed. Just thanks!
  10. There is no tenth item. Well, actually there are far more than ten items, but I love meta humor too much to admit it.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What is Stateside Legal?

Stateside Legal is a website intended to help servicemembers, veterans and their family members and advocates with resources such as

  • Self-help legal information 
  • Teaching videos about servicemembers' rights under the SCRA 
  • Commonly used interactive forms 
  • An interactive map of free legal aid offices 
  • Research tools for legal advocates
  • Etc.
Servicemembers, veterans, their families and friends who can't find the resources they need for a legal issue should check out resources such as their "Find Local Help" page. On the other hand, if you provide such services, you should check to see that you are on that page and, if not, contact the website to get added. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why Do These Photos Of An LED Light Have Stripes?

At our Saturday eye exam, the eye doctor suggested using a stronger bulb in our reading lamps, to reduce eyestrain. Since we liked the result of putting an LED bulb in our Narnia lamp, we decided to get one for the reading lam; after all, it gets used almost every dayso it'd pay for itself eventually. Ieven had store credit at Home Depot, where they were available for about $7.
When I took the bulb out of the package, I noticed that it felt funny. Light bulbs normally have a rigid, hard and brittle feel, as a result of being thin glass. However this bulb was almost soft and slightly flexible - not visibly so, but to the fingers there was a tiny little fit of give. Upon contemplation, this appeared reasonable; there was no need for these bulbs to be gas-tight, so they did no have to be glass; a softer plastic actually made sense because it might resist damage were the bulb dropped.
The bulb went into the socket as designed; it was funny to look around that room and see that we had almost nothing that really needed 110 current; everything had some sort of transformer built in to step the electricity down to something like 6 volts. Perhaps at some point we'll go to a 6 volt house, and use rechargables for anything portant the needs more ooomph - like the vacuum.
We liked the way the bulb worked. It was noticeably brighter than the bulb it replaced, and seemed to have a fuller spectrum of colors. However when I took a photo with which to illustrate this blog, I noticed a striped pattern.
This pattern appears whenever I get a direct view of the bulb. When taking a picture of the bulb when it's lit, there is a strip pattern. Here are some examples. Any idea what causes that?


No stripes when bulb is not visible


Monday, November 25, 2013

4freeCLE: Free CLE Webcasts & Events! - November 24, 2013

4freeCLE: Free CLE Webcasts & Events!
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November 24, 2013
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