Monday, May 04, 2015

i.am.angel foundation and Space Horizons join forces ~ will.i.am and our new partnership



SpaceHorizons Brings Satellite Mission Program to Boyle Heights Students : i.am.angel foundation 5/4/15, 2:15 PM
The project will combine the hands-on experience of design, building, testing, and launching a small satellite (CubeSat) along with a guest lecture series featuring members of the entertainment, science, and academic communities. The lectures will be recorded and made available to other schools in Los Angeles and across the country. It’s an extremely exciting STEM opportunity for the students of east Los Angeles.
SpaceHorizons launched their initiative last week at Roosevelt High School’s Space Day, a day of fun space-oriented activities such as building and launching bottle rockets.
SpaceHorizons’ pilot program for Roosevelt students building CubeSat satellites will be in 7 stages. Each of the 7 stages are broken into modules that follow the school calendar. They are designed to be flexible and easily modified to reflect availability of in-class teacher time, student time and guest presenters and funding.
SpaceHorizons’ 7 Stage STEM Life Cycle:
August 2015: Start of Guest Lecture Series
September 2015: Start Cubesat/Satellite Instruction
October 2015: Start Design Phase
December 2015: Conduct Design Review
January 2016: Start Assembly Phase
March 2016: Conduct Test Readiness Review and Start Test Phase May 2016: Conduct Launch Readiness Review


We can’t wait to see the day our students’ satellites launched into space! For more information on SpaceHorizons and how you can support this great initiative, please visit www.spacehorizons.org (http://www.spacehorizons.org)
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Friday, May 01, 2015

OUTRAGEOUS Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Opening Night - OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER!

FANTASTIC time opening night. What a wonderful event! The opening night film of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival was "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" Directed by William Galecki, produced by Susan and Lloyd Esker. Featuring Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Michael Feinstein, Bruce Vilanch, and Mamie Van Doren. LajFilmFest.org


Worthie Paul Meacham as "Momma" Sophie Tucker with Lydia Cornell

Lydia Cornell, Ken Davitian
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stalker posted Rip-off Report about Kelsey Granmer, Lydia Cornell and Gene Simmons

A dangerous convicted felon who has been stalking and harrassing me for years -- posted an illegally and criminally liable "Rip-Off" Report about me simply because I discovered his identity and tried to earn authorities about him.

According to several sources, Rip-Off Report is "known as a scam operation that refuses to take down false reports unless you pay them money to remove the reports through a phony arbitration scheme. In other words they allegedly bribe you; they engage in bribing good people." I have police reports and court-ordered restraining orders against this felon but Rip-Off Report continues to leave up the false and defamatory posts.





Monday, April 13, 2015

HOW I GOT MY STOLEN IPHONE BACK ~ (GUESS WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT!? )

Amazing story! Got my iPhone back from a thief after finding it via GPS (iCloud find my phone) and doing a stakeout at his house. It looked like criminals lived there: shoddy curtains drawn, overgrown weeds in a suburban neighborhood. Called the police for backup but they took too long so we walked up to the front door and asked for it back. Then.. something upsetting happened..

First, let me start at the beginning. I have been living in a different town, moving my mom and her husband out of their 35 foot Safari Sahara motor home into a new retirement village. They are in their mid-80s and we needed them to be in a safer location. 

So I was shopping at Walmart on Saturday April 11, two days ago, and I was buying them a file cabinet, storage items, and some lamps. I looked at a convection oven. I must have put my phone down to take a picture of the oven.. or maybe the lamps.. or maybe I left it in the ladies room. 

Anyway, I was with a friend who had a truck and we purchased everything. After we checked out, we drove to BJs in Antelope Valley Mall to get some dinner and I reached into my purse and couldn't find my phone. 

I was overcome with panic.(You know the feeling?)  I had become too dependent on my cell phone. Even though I had backed it up on iCloud, and iTunes, I was still worried because I had just taken photos of private financial information and all our social security numbers and my parent's new address and their tax information so i could help them. i hadn't had time to transfer and delete the photos to iPhoto. I also had taken the fingerprint and password locks off my phone and had put all my most critical passwords into the phone. In fact, all the browser info had my bank accounts wide open for anyone to view. 

I also keep an amazing music library and iTunes, Amazon and Paypal accounts on my phone! 

So I grabbed the keys to my friend's truck and he loaned me his new iPhone 6 and I ran to the parking lot and drove back to Walmart. This all happened within 45 minutes. 

Back at Walmart I immediately went to Customer Service and found that no one had turned an iPhone in. I retraced my steps up and down the aisles, then searched all the shopping carts outside. Then I went back in and did it again. I left the manager a number for them to call in case it was turned in. 

It didn't dawn on me to check Apple "Find my Phone" or learn how to lock my phone from a distance. Anyway, I went back to the restaurant and my friend suggested turning off the phone with AT&T. Duh!

Then I went online and Googled "What to do when your iPhone is stolen or lost."  it led me step by step through a procedure: Go to https://www.icloud.com/#find change your password, click "lost phone" and then they ask you to write a message to the person who might have your phone. So I wrote: "This phone is lost. Please call me. PLEASE return my phone. My mother is in hospital and I need my phone. Then I put in a phone number of the friend I was with. 

I tried to add a 4-digit pass code lock but for some reason I guess it didn't take the first time. So for the next 12 hours I assumed the phone was locked, but it wasn't. 

For some reason, I did not want to click "Erase my phone" yet. If you click on this and erase all the data on your phone, you can never again track it. 

I went to bed and at 7:45 in the morning I checked the iCloud link and it said my phone was found. At that point I quickly double checked and found that I had not actually put a remote 4-digit passcode to lock the phone!  (You can remotely lock it in iCloud find my phone. 

When I logged into https://www.icloud.com/#find  and put in my new Apple password, the map showed a glowing green dot. I zoomed in on Hybrid Satellite view and got the exact location: from the roof view, it appears to be a large house with a swimming pool in backyard. The phone moved to the house next door and then back again. We zoomed in and got the exact address. 

I called the police in and asked if they would meet me there, since the phone had sensitive information and the thieves had access to my parent's location. 

The police were very nice and the dispatcher said "Yes, call us when you are 30 minutes outside the location."  It as about a 45 minute drive to the town. 

My friend and I drove to the exact address and did a stake out on the corner. I called the police within the allotted time and they said they had other emergencies they had to take care of first. They could not say whether it would be a half hour or 7 hours. 

While we were sitting there watching the house, another car pulled up at a distance across the street from the back of the house. A man got out and walked into the alley. I'm a mystery writer, so of course I immediately suspected that this guy was going there to buy my phone and hack into it and resell it. I thought they were fencing stolen goods. Either that, or this was a meth lab, crack house or gun smuggler. I had to keep reigning in my imagination. 

I have been practicing metaphysics, law of attraction and the law of love -- seeing the good in others. When I am using my highest wisdom I see only beauty and goodness (which are laws of the universe) and when I am in this state I know there are no criminals in Divine Mind (the purest, highest part of us is the divine.) So I prayed to see the good in these people. I also saw them returning my phone easily. 

But it was still a dangerous proposition -- to go up to a house and ask for property back. At the very least they could simply deny having it. If I had the police with me, I might get the phone back more easily. But after all, these people didn't "steal' the phone outright; they found it in Walmart. 

I suspected it was a teenager or a kid. But then again, it could be a gang member. 

I then said to my friend, "Should we just go ring the doorbell?"  At that moment, my friend jumped out of the car and marched up to the front door of the house. I guess he decided to simply stop being afraid. 

I followed behind him and we rang the bell and heard a kid's voice coming from behind a white security screen door. We couldn't see inside. 

My friend said: "We located our iPhone at this house. May we have our phone back?" The kid said "Yes, just a minute." Then my friend pulled out a $20 bill as a reward. He said "Here's $20 for your trouble." Then we heard a mother's voice speak in broken Spanish-English, "We want $30" We couldn't see her through the screen security door,. So my friend reached in his pocket and pulled out a few more dollars. He folded it into the $20 bill.  Then a teenager came to the door. He opened the door. He must have been about 14 years old. He had my phone in his hand. My friend handed him the money (which was really only $22.00 -- we tricked them into believing it was $30.00.)

I grabbed the phone. The teenager said "I can't unlock it; there is a lock on it."  Well I had just put the 4-digit code on it a half hour earlier. The boy seemed nice, as if he wanted to return the phone. I can't figure out if his mother grabbed it while I was in the Walmart restroom -- and then gave it to her son as a gift. 

Before we left the front porch I asked the kid, where he got the phone. He said "Walmart." I told him, "The police are on their way. I won't prosecute but I want you to know that this is wrong. It's wrong to take someone's property."  I said it in Spanish. When the boy handed me the phone, the urgent ALERT message I had left via the computer was clearly visible on the front of the phone's screen. There was even a phone number to call.

Today I tried to post to Facebook from my phone, guess whose account I tried to post a status update to?  The thief's. His name is Michael Ramirez. I have all his information.  

What should I do now?  He didn't seem to realize that iPhones have GPS technology embedded in them. Some people have been killed for their iPhones. He also added some game apps to my phone and put in his own iTunes I.D. -- but all my music is gone. I can upload via the cloud, but now that tI have his email address and his Facebook account -- I wonder if I should report him or his mother -- or at least call him out publicly.. 

What would YOU do?  



Saturday, April 11, 2015

WHY YOUR CRITICS AREN'T THE ONES WHO COUNT

IF YOU'RE NOT IN THE ARENA, ALSO GETTING YOUR ASS KICKED, I'M NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR OPINION

There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to "armor up" and shut ourselves off. "Not caring what people think," she says, "is its own kind of hustle."

Instead we must "reserve a seat" for the critics and our own self-doubt. "Tell them, I see you, I hear you, but I'm going to do this anyway." 

Shame, scarcity and comparison always have a seat. LET THEM GO




I am sick of waiting. I have written 4 books, and yet I am still scared to show get my work out to the world.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

SPACE HORIZONS: INSPIRATION IN SPACE

I am so excited to be on the board of advisors for Space Horizons

SpaceHorizons.org along with former JPL advocates, provides grants to high schools to promote STEM education among women and minorities. The students will build small satellites (called cubesats) that will be launched into low earth orbit and transmit a signal back to the students. NASA engineers will help them.  

will.i.am's foundation i.am.angel has agreed to partner with us for a Cubesat mission in LA. They already have identified a high school and cleared the way for us. 


Kevin Gebert

Chief Operating Officer at SpaceDonors.org

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The Advisory Committee will select missions to be performed based on an evaluation of well the proposed concepts meet the goals of the Foundation.

William Townsend, Co-owner of Townsend Aerospace Consulting, LLC. Mr Townsend has held senior management positions both within NASA and private industry, ranging from acting Associate Administrator for Earth Science at NASA Headquarters, to Deputy Center Director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, to Vice President and General Manager for Civil Space Systems at Ball Aerospace and Technologies.

Camille Eddy, a mechanical engineering student at Boise State University, is involved in various leadership positions and projects in the STEM fields. Her work ranges from the University Team Lead for NASA’s Microgravity program MicroGNExT (a group that is working to develop a method that will help astronauts gather rocks on asteroid missions), to Research Assistant, to EPO writer for NASA, to serving as a mentor for Strive For College – Boise State Chapter, and Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars. She is a past Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers and Vice President of the Boise State chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Camille was chosen to introduce President Obama for his speech at Boise State on January 21st. In President Obama's speech he said “It's this engagement in the STEM field that makes Eddy a role model for many young college students. She’s a great example of why we’re encouraging more women and more minorities to study in high-paying fields that traditionally they haven't always participated in -- in math and science and engineering and technology”

Christopher Stott, the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man, drawing from his work with Lockheed Martin Space Operations and the Boeing Company. Prior to this, Chris worked in US and British politics focused on campaigning, speech writing, and opposition research in both Westminster and Washington D.C.Chris has a passion for space based STEM education and in support of his work with ManSat he serves on the Boards of a number of Not For Profits focused in this area including the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) where he is the current President, the International Space University where he serves on the Main Board, as faculty and is a former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business, the Challenger Centers, the Conrad Foundation, and the United Space School. Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today. In 2013 Chris was appointed to the Advisory Boards of both the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the National Electronics Museum.Chris is also a published author with the Royal Astronomical Society, the Adam Smith Institute, and the International Institute of Space Commerce where his work focuses on the economics, ethics, and regulation of space.

Michael Potter, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Manna Energy Foundation, and Director of Paradigm Ventures. Mr. Potter is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Space Commerce. He is an advisor to the Singularity University and director of Orphans of Apollo. Mr. Potter is also a former Vice Chairman of the founding Board of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association.

Joe Ritter Ph.D., Dr. Ritter is involved in designing optically active materials for large aperture diffraction limited optics for telescopes and spacecraft, and novel adaptive optics. Among his latest projects are laser powered meta-material nano-actuators optical systems with the goal of launching giant ultra-lightweight space telescopes, and optical systems for Earth-based analysis of exoplanet atmospheres. Previously he was the Director of Optical Systems Research and Development for the SAIC Reconnaissance Surveillance Operations where he worked on novel active optics for space telescopes as well as imaging. He was an Associate Research Scientist in space systems engineering at the Florida Space Institute, and IPA and the Optical Systems Team Lead of NASA Advanced Optical Systems Development (at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) where he had several research programs including novel technology development for the James Webb Space Telescope. As a doctoral student his research focused on developing novel optical instrumentation and computational techniques for measuring optical scattering, he also designed and deployed a unique imaging radiometer, performed the first solar aureole measurements ever made at sea, and co-engineered the GRaDEx genotoxicology and biological radiation dosimetry payload, (space mission STS-91). He has held faculty appointments in several areas from Astronomy, Space systems Engineering to Professor of Animal Science. His interests and skill sets are interdisciplinary: Earlier research covered fields such as, teratology, genetics, space plasma physics, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, as well as several other fields. From 1999-2011 he was awarded 23 grants (15 as PI, 8 as Co-I) where he teamed with colleagues from government, industry, and academia. He is author/co-author of over 35 publications, with over 30 invited lectures. He is founding director of the Global Starship Alliance, and CEO of Neoteric Physics, a new business engaged in space research and environmental concerns.

Dr. Johnny Johnson, Owner of Western OB/GYN Associates and Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Johnson is President of the Mile High Medical Society - a medical society for minority doctors to mentor and support medical students and residents. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the Colorado Medical Society, a past President of the Denver Medical Society, and past member of the Board of Directors at Denver Health. He is also chairman of the Board of Deacons at New Hope Baptist Church. Dr. Johnson is also a charter member of Delta Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi - the first Greek letter fraternity to be founded by African American men.Dr. Matt Gordon, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Denver. Dr. Gordon's research areas include numerical and experimental plasma physics, chemical and physical vapor deposition, electronic packaging, and bio-medical engineering. Dr. Gordon is an avid supporter of STEM initiatives. He gives talks to local K-12 programs promoting engineering and directs the DU Summer engineering camp for 8th-12th graders. Dr. Gordon established the first engineering co-op program at DU and is a member of the South Metro Chamber's STEM coalition. The DU engineering curriculum is structured to be STEM friendly and Dr. Gordon will be our gateway into the substantial expertise/knowledge that the University of Denver offers. We thank Dr. Gordon and the University of Denver for their support. Dr. Gordon's passion and enthusiasm will add great value to our team.

Lydia Cornell, Public figure, AFI Best Actress nominee, People's Choice Award winner; teen mentor; women and children's advocate; maker, producer, director, author, comedienne; and talk show host. From the Harriet Beecher Stowe family, Cornell is developing several new shows for HGTV, DIY, and Discovery involving innovators and makers. Her favorite obsession is NASA-JPL, the Griffith Park Observatory and Mt. Wilson. She is working with a team of young women scientists to bring a line of inspiring new products to market. Her charity work includes High Hopes Tramautic brain Injury; FSH Muscular Dystrophy; drug and alcohol recovery; and Autism Awareness. Ms. Cornell is best know as the star of ABC's hit series Too Close for Comfort as the daughter of Emmy-winning legend Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore; Caddyshack.) With 20-34 million viewers each Tuesday night on ABC primetime, the show is now on 4 times a week in 84 million homes on Tribune's new Comedy Channel. More recently seen on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Variety's Power of Comedy with Russell Brand, The Kelsey Grammer Show and over 250 TV episodes, films and specials worldwide. In 2015 Ms. Cornell directed the SAG film "It's My Decision" and received the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Golden Halo Lifetime Achievement Award. Having been considered a TV Icon as one of the most popular sex symbols on TV, Ms. Cornell wants to encourage women to focus on their brains, not their looks.

Mr. Robert B. Fulton is a senior aerospace executive with over thirty years of leadership and project management experience in business development and engineering with a proven ability to lead engineering programs. He is a respected NASA/civil community leader and advocate with excellent relations with key government, industry, academic and professional organization. His honors and awards are many including NASA Headquarters’ Astrophysics Group Achievement and Heliophysics Division Group Achievement Awards and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Center Director Team Recognition and Group Achievement Awards. In addition, Mr. Fulton is on the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society, a Member of the Virginia State Informal Aerospace Working Group providing insight and guidance on policy, business, education and workforce development of the commercial, government, and academic aerospace community to the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Council and a Member of the Virginia Tech Industry Advisory Board; Space Sciences Department. Mr. Fulton holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering both from Virginia Tech.