Humane Society of Ocean City in Contest to Raise Funds for Animals

first_imgDog trainer Ryan Parker takes a rest with Dusty, who is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Ocean City. The HSOC hopes to win a contest that could help them with the care and housing of homeless animals. (Courtesy of HSOC) By Maddy VitaleThe Humane Society of Ocean City is in the running for a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize that would provide funds to feed the shelter animals for a year, plus pay for some medical expenses and help with renovating the dog kennels.Phil Belluccio, director of operations and development for HSOC, emphasized that the shelter needs the community’s support to beat out more than 100 other nonprofit organizations competing for the money.“We need your help,” he said in a direct appeal to the Ocean City public. “Here is a great opportunity to help raise money for our shelter. The more we raise, the more we can win for the animals. Any donation will help.”All donations should be made to the HSOC Oceanfirst Charity Challenge page at of Tuesday afternoon, the HSOC had raised $4,085 thanks to donations from 45 people in 26 days. But the shelter is a long way from its target goal of $9,500 and time is running out. They only have until June 12 before the contest ends.“We are in fourth place. Even if we are not first, there are many chances to win grant money.” Belluccio said. “Out of all the nonprofit contestants, we are the only one from Ocean City who is participating in this challenge and one of only a few in Atlantic and Cape May counties. We are really hoping the community comes together to help out our animals.”Last year, thanks to community support, the no-kill shelter raised $9,000 in the same contest, Belluccio said.“We want to exceed that. We are really hoping to get the support and donations rolling in from our community,” he said. “We would like the community to know the importance of our organization and all of the benefits we offer.” This black beauty is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Ocean City. (Courtesy HSOC)The HSOC often has at least 100 cats up for adoption and anywhere from three to more dogs available for forever homes. Of a dollar donation, 93 cents go directly to benefit the shelter animals. Hundreds of cats and kittens and anywhere from three to six dogs are available at a time from the shelter.  Prospective owners are interviewed to make sure they are good fits for the animals. Each year, the HSOC adopts out 150 to 200 animals, provides over 800 affordable spay/neuters and fixes more than 250 feral cats. The HSOC animal cruelty investigators respond to more than 200 calls a year. (Courtesy HSOC)The shelter provides affordable spay and neuter services. All adoptions include micro-chipping, spay/neuter and vaccinations.In addition to excellent care, Belluccio said the HSOC dogs receive top training from three highly skilled dog trainers on staff. The employees also include six certified animal control officers. Two of them are also certified as animal cruelty investigators. Belluccio said he knows how hard his staff works. He added that the community has always been very giving and supportive of the shelter and its goals of helping unwanted animals.This is a time when he really hopes the community will come out and show its love for all the good the shelter does for the homeless animals.“We are hopeful, and with the help and support of our community, we can make a pretty good and respectable run,” Belluccio said. “As advocates for the animals, we are hoping that we are able to give it everything we’ve got, for the benefit of these amazing animals.”The Humane Society of Ocean City is located at 1 Shelter Road in Ocean City. For more information visit or call 609-398-9500.The Humane Society of Ocean City is always looking for volunteers to help at their shelter, 1 Shelter Road in Ocean City. (Courtesy HSOC)last_img read more


Potential replacements for Scott Shafer as Syracuse’s head coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer has been fired as Syracuse’s head coach, a source confirmed to The Daily Orange Monday morning. The source also confirmed it will be up to the new head coach if he wants to retain any current staff, as first reported by’s Nate Mink. Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans first reported Shafer’s firing.Last time Director of Athletics Mark Coyle had to replace a football coach, it took him five days to do so at Boise State. Here are some potential replacements for Shafer at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textScott Frost, Oregon offensive coordinatorThe former quarterback won a national championship at Nebraska in 1997 and spent six years in the NFL. He’s been at Oregon since 2009, initially serving as the wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.Mike Sanford, Notre Dame offensive coordinatorSanford was Boise State’s offensive coordinator in 2014 and was at the school at the same time as Coyle. He took the Notre Dame job for this season. Prior to his time at Boise State, he spent five seasons at Stanford over two stints (2007-08 and 2011-13) and served as an offensive assistant working with quarterbacks and then as the running backs coach and later as the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach.Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina head coachIn four seasons at Coastal Carolina, Moglia has a 41-12 record. After spending 17 years at Merrill Lynch, he got back into coaching and has worked his way up after stints in the United Football League. In 1981, he published a book titled, “The Key to Winning Football: The Perimeter Attack Offense.”Joe Moorhead, Fordham head coachPrior to becoming Fordham’s head coach in 2012, Moorhead spent time at Akron and Connecticut. In five years at Akron, he served as offensive coordinator for two of them. At UConn from 2009-11, he split time as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Dave Warner, Michigan State co-offensive coordinatorWarner is in his third season as Michigan State co-offensive coordinator. Before 2013, he worked with MSU’s quarterbacks. He has been an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach or passing game coordinator for 26 of his 31 years coaching. In 2014, MSU had its most prolific offense in school history setting numerous passing records. Comments Related Stories Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer fired, will coach final game vs. Boston CollegePoll: Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer?Storify: Social media reactions to Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer’s firingcenter_img Published on November 23, 2015 at 10:57 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more


Roethlisberger out as captain, Dixon in at QB

first_imgSTARTING QB—Dennis Dixon, who has played well in the preseason, was named starting quarterback for the opener against the Atlanta Falcons. PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a Pittsburgh Steelers captain. Dennis Dixon is the new Steelers quarterback, at least for the time being.Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season, was not chosen a Steelers captain in a vote by his teammates. He has been selected the previous two seasons. Wide receiver Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller will be the offensive captains. In a different vote regarding the quarterbacks, Dixon got the one that counted—by coach Mike Tomlin. Dixon was selected over longtime backup Charlie Batch to start Sunday’s opener against Atlanta, although he has started only one NFL game.Dixon is an excellent runner and has a good throwing arm, but Batch is much more experienced and has an intimate knowledge of the playbook.“It’s an honor, obviously. The ultimate for a quarterback is to be the starter,” Dixon said Monday. “It’s every quarterback’s dream to be a starter in the National Football League. My number is called now, and I’m going to have fun with it. I’m happy, but there’s a lot of work to be done.”Byron Leftwich, reacquired by Pittsburgh during an April trade, was expected to start while Roethlisberger was out, but sprained his left medial collateral ligament last Thursday against Carolina. Dixon, a third-year player from Oregon, threw for a touchdown and ran for another during an overtime loss in Baltimore last season when Roethlisberger was out with a concussion.“Dennis has had a very productive preseason and training camp,” Tomlin said. “He went into the training camp as a young guy, second in the pecking order behind Byron Leftwich. He did a nice job and made it extremely competitive. He waged a battle and got some first-team reps in some preseason games. Largely, we’ve been very impressed with how he’s handled himself in game situations.”Dixon got much of the work with the starters Aug. 29 in Denver, hurting his chances of beating out Leftwich by throwing two interceptions during a 34-17 loss.Batch has played with Pittsburgh since 2002, but has thrown only two passes since 2007 while getting injured each of the last two seasons. He was the No. 4 QB during training camp, and his lack of time with the starters during camp and in the exhibition games hurt his chances of starting.“There was a specific pecking order in camp, and Charlie’s durability or lack of durability added into it,” Tomlin said. “This is a guy who’s been on IR (injured reserve) a little bit the past couple years, but he also requires very few snaps to be prepared to play football at an acceptable level.”Ward, a Steelers captain for the sixth time, wouldn’t say if off-field issues influenced the decision to not pick Roethlisberger.“The captain’s not just what you do on the field, it’s what you do off the field,” Ward said. “Heath lives here (at the training facility), he’s constantly here during coaching sessions and offseason workouts. It’s well deserved.”Roethlisberger missed part of the team’s offseason workouts following allegations he sexually assaulted a Georgia college student in March, although he wasn’t charged.Until his suspension ends after the Steelers’ Oct. 3 game against Baltimore, Roethlisberger cannot attend practice or visit the Steelers’ offices and is not permitted to talk to coaches or fellow players about team-related matters. He can’t play again until Oct. 17 against Cleveland.Ward doesn’t think the Steelers intentionally slighted Roethlisberger by not choosing him a captain.“Ben’s our quarterback,” Ward said. “That in itself, he’s the leader of this team.”Linebacker James Farrior will be the lone defensive captain, the seventh time he was selected. James Harrison was not selected after being chosen last year.The special teams captain is linebacker Keyaron Fox, succeeding kicker Jeff Reed.last_img read more



first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2015)–Two-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder stood out among a group of five Richard Mandella trainees as the sure-to-be Hall of Famer partook in a special early afternoon schooling session at 12:30 p.m. in Santa Anita’s paddock–her final “classroom” assignment prior to her engagement in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare comes off a devastating 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22 and she seeks a record third consecutive win in the Zenyatta, one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races at Santa Anita Saturday.A winner of 10 of 11 starts at The Great Race Place, Beholder is the prohibitive 2-5 favorite amongst a field of nine fillies and mares set to compete at 1 1/16 miles. She has 14 wins from 19 career starts and has amassed earnings of $4,256,600.Providing she runs to her odds in the Zenyatta, it is widely expected that she will then be pointed to a likely epic showdown with Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky.last_img read more



first_img                BOOZER: Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood, this 6-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat rallied to win Santa Anita’s Sensational Star Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course three starts back on Feb. 27 and he was a close second as the 3-2 favorite two starts back in a one mile turf allowance here on March 20. A winner of the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 16, Boozer, who has run 20 of his 22 lifetime starts on grass, will hope he can replicate his one mile main track win at Los Alamitos here on Saturday. Fifth in his only Santa Anita dirt try five starts back on Jan. 9, Boozer is 22-7-5-4, with earnings of $538,792. SONGFORJOHNMICHAEL: Trained by Dan Hendricks, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Songandaprayer takes a big drop in class off a third place finish behind Cat Burglar in the Santana Mile here on April 2. A winner of a seven furlong allowance off a year and a half layoff March 5, Songforjohnmichael earned a Tiznow-best 98 Beyer Speed figure in the Santana Mile and could be primed for a huge effort on Saturday. With a win from three starts at one mile, he has four wins from nine lifetime starts. Owned by R L Stables, LLC, Songforjohnmichael is out of the Quiet American mare, Silent Demand. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES THE $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 11)                                                                                                     Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PDT Howdy–Mario Gutierrez–120Boozer–Edwin Maldonado–122Songforjohnmichael–Joe Talamo–120Avanti Bello–Rafael Bejarano–120Indygo Holiday–Fernando Perez–120Soi Phet–Kent Desormeaux–120Rocko’s Wheel–Martin Garcia–120First post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit ROCKO’S WHEEL: Lightly raced, this 4-year-old colt by Grazen makes his third start off a lengthy layoff and stretches out off a pair of allowance sprints. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel, who was bred by Jimmy Ukegawa and the late Mike Mitchell, was a winner of a first condition allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in April, 2015 and he appears to be rounding into form for D’Amato. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Ukegawa, “Rocko” has three wins from 10 lifetime starts and earnings of $178,735. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia.                 HOWDY: A winner of two consecutive allowance races, Howdy will try stakes competition for the first time in the Tiznow. A 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Sundarban, he was bred by Crystal Valley Farms and is out of the Momentum mare Foxy Babe. Although it took him nine starts to break his maiden, Howdy has been first or second in his last four starts and was a good third five starts back–his first time with winners. Owned by his breeder and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Howdy has two wins and two seconds from six tries at a flat mile. He’s 14-3-4-1 overall with earnings of $165,800.                 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A one mile stakes winner in his most recent start, trainer Mark Glatt’s Boozer heads a field of older California-bred or sired horses as he seeks his third stakes win from four starts in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita. The Tiznow, for older horses, has attracted a solid field of seven older horses.Named for the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, the Tiznow was first run at Hollywood Park in 2003 and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday.                 SOI PHET: Although winless in his last 14 starts, this veteran 8-year-old gelding by Tizbud comes off a solid second to Boozer in the Bertrando at Los Alamitos, a race in which he was the 3-2 favorite. Trained by Leonard Powell and owned by Benowitz, Powell, Viskovich and partners, Soi Phet has five wins from 15 tries at one mile, but is a glaring 0-12 at Santa Anita. A non-threatening second two starts back in a mile and one eighth main track allowance here on March 6, Soi Phet will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux. With an overall mark of 43-8-5-4, he has earnings of $565,536.last_img read more


Neighbors rally around grieving Whittier family

first_imgWHITTIER – After spending nearly four decades in Whittier, Rosalinda Valdez said she has always loved this community, though there was never really anything concrete she could point to that would explain why. But in the wake of her 12-year-old grandson Elijah’s death in a traffic collision with a big rig last week, Valdez said the reason she never left has become quite clear. “The support we’ve gotten from everybody is amazing – even people we don’t know have come to us to help us out,” she said Thursday as the family was preparing for the boy’s memorial service. “This was my grandson’s home, and I’m just at a loss for words,” she added. “It’s a shame it took something like this to see what the community is like, to see how good it is.” The death last week of East Whittier Middle School seventh-grader Elijah Ernest Valdez was a tragedy, said Don Rivera, a neighbor of the Valdez family. The boy was killed Feb. 8 at Painter Avenue and Lambert Road as he was making the two-mile bike ride home from school. Since that time, Rivera and his neighbors have been making sure the Valdez family has plenty of food and groceries, even opening up their homes to take in dozens of relatives in town to attend the boy’s funeral. Elijah’s death even prompted local Boy Scout leaders to organize a bike safety rodeo that will be open to all local youth, said Barbara Sandoval, vice chair of programs for the Boy Scouts’ Rio Hondo district. “Right now, we’re trying to see which school will allow us to host the event there, and we’re also contacting law enforcement agencies and a local bike shop,” Sandoval said. “We’re hoping to do it soon, but we also want to put on something of quality that serves as many people as possible,” she added. A fund for Elijah’s family to help offset the costs of the funeral has been set up at the Washington Mutual branch in Uptown, Rivera said. “I can’t tell you what a quality family this is,” Rivera said. “This is a family that when anyone was in need, they were there. And now we’re just trying to be there for them.” Valdez said she and her husband, Ernest, and Elijah’s mother Naomi, are extremely thankful for the efforts of their neighbors and the Boy Scouts. She said she hopes to help the school district re-establish busing for middle school students. But she also had words of advice for parents everywhere. “Just make sure, always, that before your children leave home, tell them how much you love them and kiss them and tell them to be careful,” Valdez said. “That’s what I did. When \ left that day, he turned around and said, `I love you, grandma. I’ll see you later.’ Never go one day without telling them you love them.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

LBCC women are No. 1 again

first_img LBCC opened the season ranked third behind Richland and Cypress but moved up with quality wins over San Diego Mesa and West Valley and a 0-0 tie with Dixie State College of Utah. LBCC, which won consecutive NSCAA/adidas national titles in 2002 and 2003, finished fifth in last year’s final poll. Cypress, ranked third currently behind LBCC and Mohawk Valley (N.Y.), finished second in last year’s final poll after claiming its third state title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The news was also good for the Vikings men’s program, which cracked the NSCAA/adidas Top 20 for the first time in school history. LBCC is ranked 18th after opening the season with a 4-1-1 record. Teams ahead of the Vikings include South Coast Conference foes L.A. Harbor (8th, 5-0-0) and Mt. SAC (10th, 5-1-0). The Vikings’ only loss of the season came to Mt. SAC, 1-0, in the final of the Allan Hancock Tournament. center_img The Long Beach City College women’s soccer team, riding a national-record 84-game unbeaten streak that stretches over four seasons, has moved back atop the national JC rankings. The Vikings (8-0-1) leapfrogged Richland, Texas, and defending state champion Cypress to claim the No. 1 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Junior College Division III national poll. Division III is for non-scholarship schools. “It feels good to be back on top,” LBCC co-coach Alex Camargo said. “Hopefully this will inspire our team to play at an even higher level.” last_img read more


Ag Leader preferred application controller for GVM MAKO 400HC sprayers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce a new collaboration with GVM, Inc. as the supplier of the ISOBUS-compatible application control technology for their latest high clearance sprayer, the MAKO 400HC.“Early in the development of the MAKO, we recognized prospective owners likely already have a functional display in their tractor or combine,” stated Mark Anderson, President of GVM. “It was very important for us to offer a grower-focused machine with ISOBUS application control technology for end-user flexibility. Ag Leader’s superior quality and advanced pressure and flow-based controls made them a great partner for us with this new machine.”GVM has selected Ag Leader’s most advanced generation of DirectCommand™ application control products to integrate into the MAKO. Taking advantage of the industry standard ISOBUS interface, the system easily connects to Ag Leader and other manufacturers displays. Features of the system include:Easy system calibration: Easily calibrate the flow, pressure and ground speed sensors critical to accurate system performance.Continuous system monitoring: Monitors product flow rates and system pressure to detect and warn of sensor failure or system error.Droplet size monitoring: Ensures in real-time that the proper application is occurring.Additional technology from Ag Leader including the Versa™ display, OnTrac3 Assisted Steering System and GPS 6500 receiver will also be available to order.“We are excited to be a part of this new sprayer platform available from GVM,” said Travis Green, Territory Manager of Ag Leader. “MAKO owners have the flexibility to utilize their existing ISOBUS display or choose the factory-installed Ag Leader display and GPS option to leverage Ag Leader’s intuitive display user-experience providing accurate data collection across all seasons.”GVM MAKO with Ag Leader application control will be on display at the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association’s 2015 MAGIE tradeshow this week. About Ag Leader Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa, USA, the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed to help growers make smart, profitable business decisions. Founded in 1992 the company has achieved consistent growth and expansion by providing value-based products that help growers and agricultural professionals achieve and maintain a successful, profitable operation. For more information visit GVM Inc. GVM is a premier manufacturer of agricultural application equipment. They place a large emphasis on designing and building the most reliable, innovative, and versatile equipment on the market today. Their ultimate goal is to provide end users with the best available products for a constantly changing marketplace. They focus on speed, comfort, fuel efficiency and mechanically friendly equipment. GVM is headquartered in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.last_img read more


What’s Wrong With This Window Installation?

first_imgHow many errors can you find? Steacy’s answers will be posted next week. In the meantime, post your comments below.One interesting note: when we’ve published “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” articles in the past, GBA readers have always been able to identify more errors than were noticed by the photographers who submitted the photo. RELATED ARTICLES What’s Wrong With This Insulation Job?What’s Wrong With This Crawl Space? By the way, “There’s a smudge of asphalt on the window frame that hasn’t been cleaned” does NOT count as a problem. Click here to read the answers to our puzzler. Readers are invited to identify as many installation errors they can spot in the attached photo of a window installed in the rough opening of a new home.This is the latest in our ongoing series, “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” (To see two previous photos in the series, click the links in the box below.)The photo comes from James Steacy of IBACOS (a Building America program partner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).last_img read more


Jaron Lanier Got Everything Wrong

first_imgbrian s hall In The Lawnmower Man, an exceedingly not-bright man is befriended by the brilliant, handsome scientist (Lanier?). By integrating the dolt with virtual reality tools and linking him with a singularly giant computer, the subject gains incredible mental powers. But very quickly, he – and everything – goes terribly wrong.Lanier foresaw the rise of computing power, even if he whiffed on its actual execution, with a deep-seated fear that, well, ignorant rubes would use it to muck everything up. Perhaps what held Lanier back was his deep-seated fear of what would happen if and when the power of the technologies he worked on reached the masses.Lanier can be lauded for his concerns that giant computer companies may harm people, or that we may lose our humanity by merging man and machine. Too often, however, Lanier seems to be repelled by the thought of these grand technologies flowing to the very people he claims to care about.While technology, computing and the “mob” mind have moved forward so quickly, Lanier appears to be standing still, seemingly content to speak at TED, SXSW and other events. Lanier’s VR dreams were a shockingly intriguing experiment in the 1980s. Some 30 years later, however, while virtual reality remains mostly vapor, the world has changed in dramatic ways Lanier never saw coming.Note: ReadWrite reached out to Mr. Lanier via the email provided on his personal website. He did not respond. Top image of Jaron Lanier courtesy of Flicker/vanz.  Tags:#Virtual worlds A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Jaron Lanier helped create virtual reality, all the way down to “VR” headsets and handgear. Smithsonian Magazine called him an 1980s “Silicon Valley digital-guru rock star.” Lanier was regularly featured in Wired Magazine, particularly during its early, glory days. Nearly 30 years before the introduction of Google Glass, Lanier saw deep into a future where individuals could access virtual worlds. Lanier’s sizable vision, however, appears to have resulted in few actual usable products – nor much in the way of human advancement.In 1985, Jaron Zepel Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left their jobs at Atari and founded VPL Research. VPL was the first company to sell VR goggles and accessories. (The company filed for bankruptcy in 1990.) Lanier was later a “visiting scholar” at Silicon Graphics, served as an advisor to Linden Lab – makers of “shared creative spaces” and the much-hyped Second Life virtual world – and has also worked as “scholar-at-large” on Microsoft’s Kinect controller. With the possible exception of the Kinect device – which actually has been linked to virtual reality efforts – it’s difficult to view any of Lanier’s efforts as a success.  Big ThinkerIn 2010, Lanier was named to the Time 100. He was listed under the “Thinkers” category, along with Steve Jobs. Time described Lanier this way:In the 1980s, Lanier’s pioneering work on virtual reality reshaped our concept of how sensory interfaces enable human-computer interaction. As a musician, he has fused Eastern and Western traditions with artistry and technology. His ability to synthesize these forces — so often held in opposition — is the hallmark of his mind and the guiding philosophy of his book, in which he celebrates the potential of the Internet but also laments the way its misuse can suppress the individual voice.Comparing anyone’s accomplishments with Steve Jobs may be unfair, but unlike the late Apple co-founder, Lanier’s pioneering work hasn’t amounted to that much. Moreover, Lanier’s strident warnings of giant mainframes run by a few to control the many missed so many critical trends that it now sounds like 1980s science-fiction. Giant computer brains aside, the 52-year-old Lanier has often come close to the truth – yet was never able to fully capitalize on his insights. His efforts in the 1990s promoting “telepresence” and “tele-immersion,” for example, no doubt spurred innovation in the field. But the real work of bringing such technologies from vision to product has been left to others. Many of whom, Lanier has found time to criticize. Writing for Wired in December 2000, Lanier lambasted Ray Kurzweil, so-called father of “the singularity,” and others for their “cybernetic totalism.” Lanier expressed grave doubts that humans should or could be replaced by computers within a few decades – though in large part because of his belief that software grows increasingly more bloated and complex over time. Lanier did not foresee the rise of small stripped down apps and the mobile operatings systems on which they run. Lanier’s oft-expressed view that our machines could make us less human seems to have utterly discounted the truly empowering aspects of the merger of man and computer – the ability today for children to learn on their own using an iPad, for example.The Bad CollectiveLanier appears to have repeatedly discounted the power of the collective Web to enhance individual power and connectivity. In his 2006 essay, “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism” Lanier came close to foreseeing the global rise of Twitter and Facebook. Instead of being awed at how this new level of connectivity might improve humanity, however, Lanier railed against those who “start to believe that the Internet itself is an entity that has something to say… and making ourselves into idiots.” Lanier sounded an alarm that not only fell on deaf ears, but suggests that the “collective” – basically, masses of people – are what we should fear most. From his essay: What we are witnessing today is the alarming rise of the fallcy of the infallible collective.Lanier continued, revealing his perception of the so-called wisdom of the crowd:The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring. Why pay attention to it?Perhaps Lanier believes we have always been stupid. In his 2006 essay, “Beware the Online Collective,” Lanier stated:I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob.The man who once sought to alter our very reality, create new worlds and prevent an anonymous cabal from controlling the masses, seems to possess a deep distrust of most people. Perhaps Virtual Reality was Lanier’s escape from this world?What’s to stop an online mass of anonymous but connected people from suddenly turning into a mean mob, just like masses of people have time and time again in the history of every human culture? It’s amazing that details in the design of online software can bring out such varied potentials in human behavior. It’s time to think about that power on a moral basis.It’s a valid concern, but Twitter-enhanced protests during the “Arab Spring,” for example, reveal that an “online mass” can be a force for liberation, not just a “mean mob.” Nonetheless, in his 2010 book, You Are Not a Gadget, Lanier returned to the theme of anonymous groups manipulating the masses.Much to CriticizeLanier has claimed that real-time, social sharing platforms, which he groups under the term “Web 2.0,” has glorified the collective. He has labeled Facebook and Google as “spy agencies.” Lanier has criticized aspects of open software. He suggests that collective-generated content, such as might be found today on Wikipedia or Quora, for example, “removes the scent of people,” whatever that means.  Over and over again, Lanier has not only missed the rapid growth of the future just as it was about to strike, he also badly misunderstood the disruptive power, creative ability and even wisdom it confers to the very people he reputedly sought to protect from its rise.The Lawnmower Man As Prophecy?Here’s the perfect example. Lanier’s home page lists his books, musical works and upcoming speaking engagements and includes such “Celebrity Fluff” as:The 1992 movie Lawnmower Man was in part based on him and his early laboratory- he was played by Piers Brosnan (sic). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more