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by Miriam - September 29th, 2015

Happy National Coffee Day

Derby the Dog

by Miriam - September 28th, 2015

Awesome.  What a difference human creativity can make.

Tech Unicorns and the Tech Age

by Miriam - September 17th, 2015

The phrase “Unicorns” (in reference to startup companies) has been around since 2013 when Cowboy Ventures tagged 39 startup companies with membership in the Unicorn Club.  “Tech Unicorns” are billion-dollar tech startup companies that rocketed to fame (and fortune).  Unicorns have launched at a rate of about 4 per year over the past decade.  “Super-unicorn” is phrase used for startups that are worth more than $100B (Facebook).

Google (not a unicorn) the phrase, and you will find a number of articles from front-runner magazines and blogs.  A complete list of Unicorn companies (now numbering 134) can be found here.  While the phrase is catchy, it no longer fits the model – no longer rare, “unicorn club” status is now expected, instead of a dream goal.

How many of the images or names below do you recognize (and use) in the chart of top tech unicorns?

Click image for link to article, "One of tech's most important investors says 'you'll see some dead unicorns this year' among startups worth $1 billion," from the Business Insider

Click image for link to article, “One of tech’s most important investors says ‘you’ll see some dead unicorns this year’ among startups worth $1 billion,” from the Business Insider.

For a phrase that was coined in 2013, it didn’t take long for the media to start predicting “dead unicorns.”  In this case, the article refers to Evernote making the transition from tech startup to long-term maturity (100-year company).

It seems strange to talk about tech startups as 100-year companies, but if you consider the “Third Industrial Revolution” as the Age of Computers, we are already nearly 70 years into the digital age.  The five-oldest “tech” companies were started before 1940.

Tech Info

Jason Brown – NFL to AG

by Miriam - September 4th, 2015

He gave up the NFL for farming in North Carolina, and then gives the first part of his crop to the hungry.   Way cool.

According to Jason, “A life of greatness is a life of service.”

One Stitch Closer – Veronika Scott empowers other women

by Miriam - August 31st, 2015

This is what can happen when you search for solutions.  Kudos, Ms.  Scott!

The Carlton

by Miriam - August 25th, 2015

I don’t watch DWTS, and I never watched “Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire,” but this is charmingly cute and wonderfully well-done.

Worth a coffee break.

How to Age Gracefully – Farewell Video from WireTap

by Miriam - August 21st, 2015

Thanks for expanding our reality.

WireTap Radio signs off after 11 years.

National Radio Quiet Zone

by Miriam - August 21st, 2015

Established in 1958, this is the quietest place in America.  No cell signal, no radio, microwave ovens, no electronics of any kind.  Even gasoline engines are set aside in favor of diesel.

Visit – Green Bank, WV., National Radio Quiet Zone

And, about the telescope:

And, about some of the people who live there for health reasons:

Zip Lookup – Quick Demographic information

by Miriam - August 18th, 2015

Check out Zip Lookup for interesting demographic information by zip code.  Not terribly detailed, but useful, informative, and not surprising summary information about a community zip code.

ZIP Lookup


Cripple Creek Station

by Miriam - August 14th, 2015

Awesome and totally fun application of micro-camera technology.  See the model train exhibit from the viewpoint of the model train.

IRS E-Signature Basics

by Miriam - August 1st, 2015

Infographic from Signix, a provider of e-signature services, about the basics of e-signatures as pertains to IRS tax returns.  Yes, this infographic is partially advertising for their services, but it’s interesting, and coming soon to your tax return process.


Indiana Grown

by Miriam - July 29th, 2015

IN GROWN_BLANK_1.5x3" wideIndiana Grown is a membership initiative to recognize all the great things “grown in Indiana.”

Requirements for membership are to offer products that fall into one of these categories:

  1. 100% Indiana – Products within this category must be grown in Indiana and/or all ingredients must come from Indiana.
  2. Prepared in Indiana – Product ingredients can be sourced from anywhere, but 100 percent of the production must be done in Indiana.
  3. Partner – To be an Indiana Grown partner, a company or institution must assist in marketing Indiana grown products and members.
  4. Indiana Grown – This category applies to all other Indiana Grown members.

Find more information at the website:  Indiana Grown

I like quick statistics – here’s what Indiana AgriNews collected about Indiana agriculture:

Top 5 National Rankings

Top 5 Commodities

By Value of Sale

 #1 – Duck, Wooden Office Furniture
and Kitchen Cabinets and Processed Tomatoes
 Corn – $4 B
#2 – Popcorn, Ice Cream, Spearmint Soybeans – $2.9  B
#3 – Chickens Pork – $1.2 B
#4 – Eggs, Soybeans, Peppermint and Cantaloupes Poultry/Eggs – $1.1 B
#5 – Corn, Pigs Dairy – $660 M

Check out more information, and learn about the Indiana Grown program at:  Indiana Agri-News Take a Bite Out of Indiana.

5% – A guide to charitable giving from the Carroll County Community Foundation

by Miriam - July 20th, 2015

What is 5%? What can it do for Carroll County? Please take 2 minutes and check it out:

Assembly of a Wind Turbine

by Miriam - July 15th, 2015

Cool 5-minute video showing a 3-week time lapse assembly of a wind turbine by Mid American Energy Company.  Very interesting – a lot more more involved that I realized.

Giving and Need – Opportunity Index and Giving Ratio

by Miriam - July 10th, 2015

Giving and Need Map

This is a follow up to my post of April 15 regarding the comparison of giving and religious beliefs.

Also from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, check out the article and interactive map which compares an “Opportunity Index” with a “Giving Ratio.”  The overall conclusion is that more affluent regions have a tendency to be less generous in their giving.  Again, you find that the southern part of the US and the Rocky Mountain regions are more generous givers.

“Giving Ratio” for this article is the percent of income donated to charity, as compiled from IRS Schedule A itemized deductions (I’m not sure I want to know how they obtained this information).

“Opportunity Index” is a score assigned based upon the socioeconomic measurements of different locations.

Now, you should assume that these are very, very, broad brushstrokes.  The data is by no means comprehensive, and leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  However, it might be statistically significant enough to suggest a pattern, which is all that the article does.   The percentages are not disparate enough to provide much confidence in their conclusions (that wealthier people tend to give less, and vice versa), but it is interesting to see what the numbers say about different locations.  How does YOUR county fare?

A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence