Monday, January 26, 2015


Most people who go to Disneyland come home with just mouse ears and a sunburn, but several recent visitors have also come home with the measles.  Measles was "eliminated" from the U.S. in 2000, but it's still common in foreign countries, so international travelers bring it to the U.S. with them.  People who don't have an immunity to measles from a vaccine or from having had the disease can, and do, become infected.  This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information about the symptoms of measles, as well as statistics, news about the recent outbreaks, and tips to help you avoid getting the disease:

If you do contract the measles and decide to play "connect the dots," please remember not to use a permanent marker.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Project Blue Book Files

"The truth" about the Air Force's Project Blue Book has been out there for some time on microfilm (, but now a lot of it is also available online.  This story from the Air Force Times has all the details:

You'd think that since the majority of the population walks around with a camera in their hand all day every day we'd have lots more recent proof of UFOs, but I suppose you can't spot a UFO if you never look up at the sky.

Monday, January 12, 2015

SBA Learning Center

Have you been toying with the idea of starting your own small business?  Or, do you already own a small business and feel like you still have a lot to learn?  If so, the Small Business Administration stands ready to help.  In addition to all the basic information about starting and managing a small business provided on the SBA website, it also includes a "Learning Center" that offers detailed training materials like online courses, videos, and chat sessions:

Dealing with government rules and taking advantage of government assistance may be some of the biggest challenges you'll face as a business owner, so who better to learn from than the government itself?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Super Tracker

Here at the beginning of a new year many people will be starting new diets or fitness programs.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the Super Tracker site in order to support those efforts:

It includes a "Food-a-pedia" with nutrition information about more than 8000 foods, a "Food Tracker," a "Physical Activity Tracker," and several other helpful features.  The site allows users to create a profile and track their progress toward meeting their goals.  Best wishes to those who, like me, will be trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle this year.