Listen Mobile: Chris Nesi from joins Jim Collison and and Mike Wieger from for show #272 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Chris Nesi @mrnesi (the education podcast network – ) Podcast is House of Edtech Go Crickets Podcast – Coaching Teachers on effective technology integration Connecting with other professionals via Twitter Presenting @ Conferences Bringing EdTech home DIY Mindset Google Rocks! Gmail since beta Drive = Life Organization IFTTT automation Podcast Consumption – Professional and Personal Growth Gadgets I Can’t Live W/O iPad Laptop Photoshop! Compound Mitre Saw 🙂 Table Saw Mike – Hero Pro 4 Session Tag Fantasy Football league – Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust. For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
This week Ashton and Christian continue their exploration of Big Data through tweets around the world using Twitter’s Streaming API. In particular, Christian walks through improvements to his starter kit, showing how to manipulate and filter tweets, as well as do the classic Word Count example using tweets and hashtags. Ashton walks us through how to use Storm to push streaming tweets directly to the data platform, allowing for large-scale analysis that can support millions of tweets in the dataset. Between the in-show code walkthroughs and our project starter kit out at – you should have everything you need to begin mastering data analytics concepts through the Twitterverse! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective! Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /
This week Ashton and Christian begin an exciting, multi-part series on how to leverage big data technologies to learn new skills in data analytics using one of the world’s cheapest and largest value data sources – tweets! We take a look at the Twitter Streaming API, techniques for collecting and storing these data sets, and basic visualization exercises in Java and HTML5. We also take a look at some automated Twitter interactions using Python scripting and basic rule sets. This is a great show to follow along with on our video feed if you typically are an audio-only listener. We’ll pick-up with how this project integrates with the data analytics sandbox we built and discussed in previous episodes. There is something for everyone in this conversation. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective! Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile: This week Christian, Ashton, and their host Jim take a look at some of the opportunities to process Tweets using real time #160; Demonstrations include a letter count for tweets as well as a geolocation application, illustrating a small example of how Tweets can be used to create interesting pictures of the world around us. Register an application here so that you can gain access to the API. The Java library to interface with the Twitter API. This article was particularly helpful in coming up with the storm topology. Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /
Cassie Hayes from SocialBro () (@SocialBro) joins Jim (@jcollison) for show #179 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. SocialBro is a powerful social marketing tool that help the average twitter user with analytics, competitor tracking, best time to tweet, audience insights and more. They have both a free and premium #160; Cassie joins the program to talk about the history of Socialbro, why the name is what it is and spends some time digging into the interface with Jim to help him really understand his twitter #160; Lots of good video for this one! Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile: Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
I do a Saturday AM show (9:30amC/10:30E) at with the one and only Dave Jackson from and on the July 12th episode, I spent a few minutes covering the social media tool that I use to track my Twitter #160; The audio is just 10 minutes long and can be found at the link below: Dave also made a great overview video #160; Be sure to listen to and watch both. Here is the full version video of Ask the Podcast Coach for July 12th
This week on Ask the Podcast Coach, Dave predicts there will be a flood of podcasters who now say that podcasting is over #160; He also goes over different ways to promote your podcast with top #160; Since I like to talk about Microsoft Azure, we talk about how you can use it to build a test or production WordPress #160; We cover strange volume issues with Google Hangouts and a caller asks, “What the heck is Twitter good for?” It not war, #160; Catch the full audio, video link and show notes at
Sell in May and Go Away and Where Will You Live When You Retire? Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary May-13 FT028
‘Sell in May and Go Away’ is a trading maxim which, according to Investopedia, encourages an investor to “sells his or her stock holdings in May and get back into the equity market in November…” Traders who adhere to that adage may be pondering averages and exceptions right now. During the first two weeks of the month, the Dow Jones Industrials Average, the Standard & Poor’s 500, and the Russell 2000 Indices all reached new highs. The Dow passed 15,000, the S&P reached 1,600, and the Russell 2000 hit 968. Listen Mobile: Bulls are in the majority among investors, although there is some bearish sentiment, according to the Bull and Bear Wise Index. Investors’ changing expectations are reflected in CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed Index which showed investor sentiment has shifted from ‘fear’ one year ago to ‘extreme greed’ last week. The premise of the index, which measures seven indicators, is investors are driven by two emotions: fear and greed. When investors are fearful, stock markets may fall more than they should; when investors are greedy, markets may be pushed higher than they should be. Investors’ inclination toward stocks may be one of the reasons for declines in the value of gold and commodities last week. Although there was little of it, economic news generally was positive last week. The Labor Department announced the number of Americans filing initial claims for jobless benefits dropped unexpectedly. Approximately 323,000 people filed for unemployment benefits which was about the same number that filed each week before the recession started in December 2007. According to Bloomberg, investors took the news as a sign the economy is improving which helped push yields on 10-year Treasuries higher. Perceived economic strength in the caused the dollar to gain against many of the 16 major world currencies last week, as well as the 24 emerging countries’ currencies tracked by Data as of 5/10/13 1-Week Y-T-D 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Standard & Poor’s 500 (Domestic Stocks) 10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only) N/A Gold (per ounce) DJ-UBS Commodity Index DJ Equity All REIT TR Index Notes: S&P 500, Gold, DJ-UBS Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT TR Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, , London Bullion Market Association. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable. WHERE WILL YOU LIVE DURING RETIREMENT? As with many of life’s important questions, the answer depends on you and, possibly, your partner or spouse. Before you make a decision and decide to retire to wherever your grandchildren live (or in your favorite vacation spot) you might want to take a moment and consider the tax implications of your decision. If your grandchildren live in Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Mississippi, or Georgia, you’re probably okay. Each year, reviews the tax rules of each of the 50 states, giving special consideration to states which offer attractive tax incentives to retirees and then provides a list of those states it deems most tax-friendly for retirees. For 2012, Kiplinger reported the five states listed above were the most tax-friendly. According to the article, “All of these tax havens exempt Social Security benefits from taxation (and some impose no state income tax at all). Many of them exclude government and military pensions from income taxes, and some exempt private pensions, too. A few offer blanket exclusions up to a specific dollar amount of retirement income from a wide variety of sources, which is important if you depend on distributions from IRAs and 401(k) plans rather than traditional pensions. Review all of your sources of income before you decide which state may be the best fit for your retirement home.” reported the least tax-friendly states included Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Montana, and Minnesota, which have one or more of the following: · Estate or inheritance taxes · High property taxes · No tax breaks on Social Security benefits · No special treatment for various types of retirement income Source: No matter where you decide to settle, it’s important to evaluate all of the factors which may affect your income during retirement. Weekly Focus – Think About It “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” —Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet Best regards, ANDREW HUNT CFP® President of Guide Rock Capital Management, Inc. 1001 Gallup Drive Omaha, NE 68102 Communication | Woo | Achiever | Ideation | Relator Please feel free to forward this commentary to family, friends, or colleagues. If you would like us to add them to the list, please reply to this e-mail with their e-mail address and we will ask for their permission to be added. Securities offered through Shareholders Service Group, Member FINRA/SIPC. * This newsletter was prepared by Peak Advisor Alliance. Peak Advisor Alliance is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer. * The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. * The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market. * Gold represents the London afternoon gold price fix as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. * The DJ Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998. * The DJ Equity All REIT TR Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones. * Yahoo! 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