I am currently using this post to test the ScribeFire add-on (Firefox extension). It is used to publish to various different blogs. It also works if you have WordPress on your own domain. But it also works for WordPress.com. Currently, it apparently does not work with Tumblr due to an API change in 2014.
I’d like to use ScribeFire to post the same message to multiple blogs. I am still trying to work out how to do this. So far, I added two blogs. But when I truy to select both blogs so I can send to both, it is only letting me pick one of the blogs. So I am going to have post here in Writing Shares first and then see what happens on the next page after publishing the post. In the ScribeFire options, it said you can see a list of other blogs to publish to after publishing a new post.
Update: Yes, after publishing on the first blog, you will see a list of your other blogs, with a checkbox by each blog name. You can then check off the boxes and click a button to publish. What I am not sure about is how many blogs you can add. I haven’t found that information yet.
The following CNN technology features a chef named Eduardo Garcia, who lives in Bozeman, Montana. He lost a hand in an accident, which limited some of what he could do in the kitchen. But this chef is back in business with his own bionic hand. It’s a high-tech prosthetic hand that he utilizes for his kitchen tasks. This video was added to the CNN website on September 14, 2013. KPTV is the original source.
Garcia now lives in Bozeman but received culinary training in the Seattle, Washington area. At the time of this video and interview, he had only had his bionic hand for about one day. But they say he was getting used to it really fast.
Advanced Arm Dynamics provided the prosthesis. That outfit is in Portland, Oregon. You can see the bionic hand in action by playing the clip below. The way it works is Eduardo learns to flex his upper-arm muscles in certain ways to activate sensors that control the hand movements.
Mac-Julian Lang, who works for Advanced Arm Dynamics, is interviewed for this piece. He talks about how each arm can be fine tuned to fit a particular user.
CNN Science Video About Chef Eduardo Garcia’s Bionic Hand
The following CNN business news video deals with bicycle safety technology. It features an invention created by Emily Brooke, who is from the UK. Her product is “Blaze – The Ultimate Bike Light.” This video was added to the CNN website on September 12, 2013.
Emily is interviewed for this story and talks about getting the business off the ground, after graduating from Brighton in 2011 (she is a physicist). For example, she talked about raising more than 50,000 pounds through Kickstarter.
The idea behind the Blaze bike light is to project a laser image of a bicycle onto the street ahead of you. This is designed to make it easier for motorists to realize that there is a bicycle rider there in the dark.
Emily then introduces her Blaze product to Dick Powell, who is a design guru. It isn’t that clear why Powell is even in this story or what he adds to it.
CNN Video Featuring Emily Brooke’s Bicycle Safety Laser Invention, The Blaze Bike Light
The following CNN technology news video is about an invention (or at least an invention plan) for something called the Hyperloop. It is a new way to travel. The man behind the plan, entrepreneur Elon Musk, is interviewed in this segment. The video was added to the CNN website on August 12, 2013.
When interviewed on a TV show, Elon Musk didn’t give a great explanation, at least in the small clip that was shown for this story. But Brian Merchant, who is with Motherboard, gave a more detailed explanation. The Hyperloop is apparently like a pneumatic tube. A vehicle similar to a train car is inside the tube, and air is used to push this “car” through the tube. Someone estimated that it might be able to go from New York to L.A. in an hour. But Merchant mentioned perhaps 600 miles per hour.
It is not clear whether the Hyperloop will ever come to fruition. In addition, land would have to be acquired to construct the tube system. That is a long ways off even if the technology is fully developed to build this Hyperloop.
CNN Video With Interview Of Elon Musk, About The “Hyperloop” Travel Device
The following Today show video is about a charity called Code.org and founder Hadi Partovi. This nonprofit teaches kids how to write computer code. They can also learn how to make robots and complete other technology-based tasks. This story aired on the July 31, 2013 episode of Today. This is an “On The Verge” segment, which is hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
Hadi Partovi was born in Tehran, Iran. Partovi got a computer from his dad when he was 10 years old. Partovi started learning how to write computer code at that time. Since then, he has attended an Ivy League school, worked at Microsoft, and founded and sold several tech companies.
Partovi says that there are 3 times as many coding jobs as there are students learning how to code. He estimates half a trillion dollars to the U.S. economy if enough coders can be trained. I’m not sure where he gets these numbers. Aren’t these would-be computer programmers doing something else that adds to the economy? Anyway, it seems there is some value in this charity.
There was some discussion of Drop Box, which started with one or two programmers and is now up to 300.
Partovi says the new American Dream is to start your own Facebook, Instagram, and so on. You can go on Code.org and learn some programming skills online.
Today Video About Hadi Partovi And Code.org, A Charity Teaching Computer Coding And Building Robots
The following CNN technology news video is about an app called “Breakup Text.” It is pretty pathetic but I suppose useful for some people. Breakup Text sends a message to a boyfriend or girlfriend when you want to end a relationship with that person. This video appeared on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight. It was added to the CNN website on July 31, 2013.
People do have a hard time splitting up with someone in person. I just kind of cringe at using an app to do it. Comedian Michelle Buteau, who is married, says this is a good app for single people who are just dating and not in serious relationships. She says a lot of her girlfriends just keep letting these relationships endure even after they know it’s not working out. This app could be good for them.
CNN Video With Showbiz Tonight’s Segment On The “Breakup Text” App
The following CNN technology news video is about solar power and the Atacama Desert. According to this video, Atacama is the driest place on Earth. This video was added to the CNN website on July 23, 2013.
There isn’t much at all going on out in this barren desert. However, one thing it does have is plenty of copper mines. These mines need a steady supply of hot water. The water is normally heated using diesel. Two companies – one from Chile and one from Denmark – decided it would be a good idea to use the Atacama Desert’s massive space to build a solar power plant.
Solar panels are already being constructed and put in place. The project started in January of this year, and it is expected to be completed in September.
Victor Gutierrez is the project chief coordinator. He is briefly interviewed for this story and explains how cold water is put in pipes and then heated up using solar energy.
Lars Christensen is an engineer for Sunmark Company, the Danish outfit that is participating on this project. He says this solar power plant will save about 20,000 liters of diesel per day.
Codelco is the government-owned Chilean company that is participating in the project and other solar plants in the Atacama Desert. Andres Alonso is the Vice President of Energy for Codelco. He says this desert is very dry, making it good for solar energy production.
CNN Video About Solar Power Plants Being Built In Atacama Desert, Chile (Driest Location In The World)
The following Today show medical video is about Sarah Campbell and cochlear implants. This video aired on the July 23, 2013 episode of Today.
Sarah is 57 and has had a hearing impairment her whole life. She is a teacher and a grandmother. Sarah is from Norristown, Pennsylvania. She did have hearing aids before. But they stopped working over time as her hearing got even worse.
Getting this high-tech cochlear implant is like a whole new world for her. She had family members sitting around to enjoy the experience for the first time they activated her implant. Matt Lauer was also there and showed his appreciation to Campbell for allowing everyone to share this experience with her.
They then turned on the implant. This was a poorly designed segment. They should have had some prerecorded sounds. But Campbell did say she could hear the audiologist speaking. And she heard a baby making some noises, as well. I believe that was her grandchild.
Today Show Video Showing Sarah Campbell Using Her New Cochlear Implant
The following CNN technology news video is about a new car being introduced by South Korean auto manufacturer, Hyundai. The company has reportedly spent literally billions of dollars to create a hydrogen-powered car. This video was added to the CNN website on July 21, 2013.
Project manager, Ahn Byung Ki, says that Hyundai will first go after a niche market with the ix35. In about 5 to 10 years, he is expecting it to go more mainstream. Ki thinks that hydrogen fuel cells will at least take over a portion of the market held by gas and diesel automobiles.
Other than the preservation of fossil fuels, one benefit of the ix35 hydrogen-fueled car is a quieter engine. it also creates less pollution, with water being the only emission.
Is it safe?
Ahn Byung Ki says that hydrogen is the cleanest and most abundant element on Earth. It is safe when handled with a proper system.
The cost of a Hyundai ix35 is a little nuts at the moment. It runs at about $183,000.
Hydrogen fueling stations will be needed in the future to handle the demand. This is apparently in the process of being solved. The ix35 can go close to 400 miles on $50. That seems fairly reasonable as long as they can get enough hydrogen stations.
CNN Video About The Hyundai ix35, The First Commercial Hydrogen-Powered Car
The following CNN science and technology news video aired on the Erin Burnett Out Front TV show. It is about the awarding of $250,000 to a team of designers from the University of Toronto. The team has successfully made the first human-powered aircraft. It is a type of helicopter. This video was added to the CNN website on July 12, 2013.
The person powering this helicopter does it by pedaling. The pedaling method is basically the same as on a bike. In order to win the $250,000 in the Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition, this University of Toronto team had to pedal this aircraft up to at least 10 feet in the air for at least one minute.
It’s amazing how they managed to make this helicopter. I have no idea how it works. But at this point, the aircraft seems largely without any practical use. I mean, even the flight test was done inside a huge hangar. And this chopper is humogous. The length of the blades must be over 30 feet (you can actually see the successful flight by clicking the link below). So even if the thing could fly higher, longer, or faster, its size makes it inconvenient or even impossible anywhere except remote areas.
That’s not to take away from the accomplishment. But this concept has a long way to go before any practical use in the real world.
CNN Video About University Of Toronto Team Winning $250,000 For Making First Human-Powered Helicopter to Fly at Least 10 Feet High For at Least a Minute