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Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be “Intelligently Designed”

Richard Dawkins addresses a crowd of 1,200

This article I wrote on Richard Dawkins’ presentation got featured on Richard Dawkins’ own Website.

Richard Dawkins addresses a crowd of 1,200

Richard Dawkins addressed a crowd of 1,200 on Sunday, Apr. 2012, in Bellevue, WA. --Photo by Venice Buhain, editor of Bellevue Patch.

Famed British bioethicist Professor Richard Dawkins, a leader of the New Atheism movement, encouraged a crowd of almost 1,200 people gathered at Newport High School on Sunday to “take back American values” and become a more influential force of American culture.

“True American Values. The values of Jefferson and Madison  …  Let’s intelligently design our morality rather than trying to read what’s right and wrong in a 3,000-year-old book. Religion has hijacked morality for centuries,” Dawkins told an audience that ran the gamut of ages from pre-teens to senior citizens.



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Facebook pages: Engagement and visibility, and adapting to coming Changes

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Event Page and RSVP at:  http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Seattle-NetSquared/events/53523022/

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:00 PM
Meadowbrook Church
17944 NE 65th Street, Redmond, WA

Zach Welch, the Director of Client Services at BrandGlue, has assisted News Feed optimization for YouTube, Microsoft, Intel, and Cheezburger. On Thursday, June. 7, at 7:15 p.m., Welch will present on how local companies and nonprofits can optimize their page’s News Feeds, master Facebook’s revamped analytics, and prepare for the possible major changes to the timeline of Facebook brand pages. Welch will follow his 15-20 minute presentation with a Q&A session. Come early and bring your business cards! See event page to RSVP and

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Professional advice: To err is human. To move on is Wise.

Don’t make a big deal of your mistakes.

For example, if you misspeak, don’t acknowledge it by shaking your head or making comments such as “whoops,” “excuse me,” or “I meant to say.” Don’t sound apologetic. Restate it correctly and carry on as if nothing happened. If you do, people will probably forget it after 10 seconds. Over-apologizing comes across as

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College 2.0: Lessons from my return to Academia

After co-founding a social media consulting company and learning the ropes in the business world, I decided to return to college this fall so I could devote 16 months to earning a Programming for Web Development certificate.

Many times during my social media marketing at the Puget Sound Blood Center, and while helping local businesses revamp their Facebook Pages, I realized how useful it would be to have Web development skills such as XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and app development skills such as Java, C#, and C++. With them, I would have developed QR Code apps, Blood donation apps, and mobile pages without relying upon expensive developers or limited WordPress plugins. Now I have that chance.

For those seeking to revitalize their careers in academia, here are helpful lessons I’ve learned by my return to college:

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Movies gone interactive: My interview with Hypershow

This is my second interview for Northwest Startup DEMO — Spring 2011. This was with Tim Harader, CEO of Hypershow, which allows television studios and filmmakers to tag their videos with metadata such as info on actors, props, trivia, and behind-the-scenes details. Harader explained that Hypershow lets producers turn their movies into interactive applications, a feature bound to go mainstream in the age of

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