The Trifecta

  • More Scream movies... really?

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

     

    Horror guru Wes Craven has revealed that a fifth outing for the “Scream” franchise is more than just a possibility. Talking to MovieWeb about the potential fourth sequel, Craven said:

    Odds are that there will be a Scream 5. It is something that Bob Weinstein wants to do. He tends to do what he wants to do. So I am inclined to think that there will be. Whether I will be a part of it or not? I don't know.” Craven also said “Going into Scream 4, the first meeting I had with Kevin Williamson, he did sketch out a Scream 5 and 6. The idea was that we were doing the first in a new trilogy."

    Didn't this franchise lose it's way after the first movie? Until I read this I forgot about Scream 3.

     

  • Kalamazoo County Low Income Housing Assistance Fund Outcomes

    Posted by Jay Morris

    We have talked on "The Trifecta" about the proposal to raise money to help the the Low Income Housing Assistance Fund with a .33 mill tax. I asked for what the outcomes were for the first 1 million dollars that were spent on this program, and here is what I received from City Commissioner David Anderson: 

    Here are the outcomes from the 1 million dollar investment for

    There were five areas that the initial investment in the LHAF addressed.

     Prevention (keeping families in, or returning them to, housing with a one-time payment).

    Assisted 146 households, including 408 individuals (223 of whom were children). Checking in one year later, 89% of this group was still housed on their own.

    Rapid Re-housing and Transitional rental assistance.

    Assisted 117 households, including 190 individuals (50 of whom were children). 43% of this group was able to maintain housing on their own at program end.

     Leveraging

    By using this local investment as match we were able to attract $1.4 million of additional investment in permanent housing by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) in Kalamazoo County that we would not otherwise have received.

    Permanent Affordable Housing

    We created 23 units of Permanent affordable housing in Kalamazoo County, a mix of 11 single family homes, 11 apartment units and 1 large rooming home for women in recovery from Substance Use disorders.

    Endowment

    We have created an endowed fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation specifically to address low-income housing needs in to the future. Current balance, over $100,000

    So, to wrap up;

    - 1 million local dollars invested from Kalamazoo County and the Cities of Portage and Kalamazoo as well as private contributors. And the results were…

    -Served 260 households, representing 600 individuals (almost half of whom were children) who received one-time or short term housing assistance.

    -Received 1.4 million in additional Housing investment from sources outside the County

    -Created 23 new units of permanent housing that is self sustaining

    -Seeded an Housing endowment fund now valued at over $100,000

     

  • OnStar changes their mind, with a little help

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

     

     

    According to the Free Press On-Star will stop collecting data from customers if they cancel the service. This change came only after the Federal Trade Commission began looking into the legality of the practice.

    Flashback to earlier this month, OnStar informed customers by e-mail that beginning Dec. 1 the service would continue collecting data after a consumer canceled the service, unless the consumer asked OnStar to stop collecting it.

    A couple of quotes from OnStar's President “ We realize that our proposed amendments did not satisfy our subscribers," This is why we are leaving the decision in our customers' hands. We listened, we responded and we hope to maintain the trust of our more than 6 million customers."

    I am trying to figure out at what point they thought that customers wouldn't mind being tracked? I really find it hard to believe that someone in the OnStar boardroom didn't ask this question “Don't you think that might be an invasion of privacy?" 

  • Come on Google+!

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

    One of the advantages I found to using Google+ was there was none of the stupid (fill in the blank)-Ville social network games. Well today the game makers Zynga made the announcement that CityVille will noe be available on Google+. According to CNET Zynga said "Ultimately, we want to make our games accessible to everyone, everywhere--no matter where they play or what platform they play on." The CNET article goes on to say how great this is for Google.

    My problem with these games is simple I DON'T CARE! No offense if you play these games, I see them as a monumental waste of time, and a waste of my time seeing it on my timeline. This stance is not logical and I know I can block any of these, but it still drives me crazy nuts! I do understand how the increased traffic will help Google+. I just wished they could have done it with me having to know about my friends latest addition to their CityVille.

  • Facebook changes, but something overlooked

    Posted by Jay Morris

    With all of the anger and amazement last week with Facebook's announcement and implementation of changes in their timeline and read, watch, listen media sharing apps, something important got lost.

    According to Read Write Web using these really cool read, watch, listen apps come with a bit of a privacy price. “With these apps you're automatically sending anything you read into your Facebook news feed. No "read" button. No clicking a "like" or "recommend" button. As soon as you click through to an article you are deemed to have "read" it and all of your Facebook friends and subscribers will hear about it. That could potentially cause you embarrassment and it will certainly add greatly to the noise of your Facebook experience.”

    They go on to say “Facebook is attempting to create a newspaper-like experience on your Facebook homepage.”

    These changes are gong to change your facebook experience. Do you really want to share everything with your friends, and see everything that your friends share?  

  • Who is Guy Smiley ?

    Posted by Jay Morris

    Had a topic today on The Trifecta where we were talking about the debate tonight. I referred to Mitt Romney as Guy Smiley. We then had a texted in question asking who Guy Smiley is?  

    Here is a video starring Mitt I mean Guy. 

     

     

  • Amazon delivers on promise

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

    I bought a Kindle early this year after Amazon promised I would be able to check books out from the library. I love it, but I have to admit I was wondering if Amazon was ever going to come through for me on this promise. Well starting today they delivered.

     According to Amazon.com here is how to borrow books from your library:

     1. Check with your local library's Web site to see if it offers the service.

    2. Request the Kindle e-book you want with your library card.

    3. You'll be redirected to sign in to your Amazon account so your e-book can be wirelessly delivered to your Kindle.

     

    You will also be able to make comments, within the book. Best yet it will save the comments in case you ever borrow the book again. Click here to find Kindle Books 

     

     

  • Rather text than talk, well it depends

    Posted by Jay Morris

     

     

    New Pew research is saying that a third of people surveyed preferred texting to talking. For some reason I find that strange, only because it usually takes me longer to text someone than to have a short conversation. That depends though.

     The survey continues to say that 53% prefer a voice call, and 14% say it depends on the situation. Seeing that I guess I am part of that 14%. If I need to get a message to someone I know is a “talker” and I am short on time, it will defiantly be a text to that person. 

    One more thing from this survey, the average 18-24 sends over 109.5 texts, per day, that is 3200 per month. That number seems high to me, how about you? 

  • Touchdown for Diabetes Tonight

    Posted by Jay Morris

    Tonight I will be emcee for the Touchdown for Diabetes at Cole Century. This is a great cause as it helps support programs offered at the Borgess Diabetes Center. 

    They have a great silent auction that this year features an autographed Jersey signed by many of the World Champion Green Bay Packers. It is gonna be hard for me not to bid hard and heavy for that. 

    More information click here 

    They still have tickets available, so come out tonight. Things get started tonight around 6:30pm See you tonight! 

  • Never Forget

    Posted by Jay Morris

    Made it to New York City this morning. Across from the site of the World Trade Center Memorial is this. 

    Be listening for the live coverage from the Memorial on 9/11 from Noon to 4pm EST.