Some people have asked exactly who the Casual Group is. The Casual Group consists of a number of our classmates who were concerned about the direction the Original Reunion Committee had taken. They were concerned about the cost and wished to have more time together to visit. With the most recent reunion plans, prices are good and the amount of time together has improved, consequently the plans for a SEPARATE Reunion have been canceled. They look forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion whenever it can be held safely.
As you're aware the Website is Back UP
Here's a Letter that talks about what improvements we should see.
If you all see something that doesn't seem to be working like it should, please let me know.
We're in the cloud! Yeah! Our migration is complete.
Please take a moment right now to click around your web site and make sure everything looks and works as you expect. Should you experience any difficulties please let us know right away.
You may notice your site pages load faster than ever before. The entire Class Creator system is also more secure now than ever before. And get this: Not only do we have full systems backups like we did previously, we now also have built-in redundancy. This basically means future down time should be minimal.
All kinds of other technical tweaks and improvements were made during this migration as well. These tech improvements put a huge smile on the faces of all the IT guys and gals, while making the eyes of ordinary mortals glaze over.
I sincerely want to thank everyone for your patience and support during the lengthy migration process. It's never fun for anyone to have systems down. We appreciate your understanding more than you know.
We are super excited to be in our new cloud environment! It makes for one bright Class Creator future.
|Brad G Switzer
Website Was Down and will be again May 30th and 31st
Class Creator, the folks who have created the software our website runs on has just sent this message:
Class Creator is live after an extended down time. An unplanned connectivity issue occurred at our current Data Center. We apologize for any inconvenience this down time caused.
Class Creator has not completed the move to our new cloud-based setup. This means more down time is still ahead of us while we complete this move. There will be additional down time around May 30th and 31st. We will keep you apprised of the situation.
And now for the good news: After the next couple weeks have played out, Class Creator will be on a brand new, super powerful, highly stable, extremely secure new cloud-based system. We're anticipating very smooth sailing at that time.
Again we deeply apologize for the recent service interruption.
|Brad G Switzer
USE CAUTION if using Zoom.com to Video Conference
Zoom.com a favorite video conferencing service under fire for routing some or all traffic through insecure servers in China. Some reports indicate that the Chinese Government can and does decrypt ALL traffic going through that country.
Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links to China, Researchers Discover
Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious, well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, even when meeting participants are all in North America, according to researchers at the University of Toronto.
The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, focusing on research, development, and high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.
There are numerous designs and videos available, one that has received a number of recommendations is the Olson Design.
It is a new modular mask, named after 1930's legendary maker nurse Lyla Mae Olson, was quickly developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and is being shared across the globe in the fight against the Wuhan Virus. A group of clinicians teamed up in the hospital's generate prototyping space to create a series of experimental designs rooted material science and easy fabrication. No special instruments are required for fabrication, and the pattern is compatible with common mask patterns being released around the country.
With the addition of a HEPA Vacuum Bag (as first choice and the show towels mentioned below as a second choice) with double-sided surgical tape to create an airtight seal around the mask, it is believed to be one of the best homemade designs available.
A Shop Towel Mask received fairly strong test results (see link Below) using Polyester Hydro Knit Material
Tested ZEB Industrial Towels, ToolBox Shop Towels, both did well with a double layer
Scott's Shop Towels did well, but tested lower, still better than paper towels
Test Results using the Above Mask (at about minute 31)
The above also begins with a more in-depth and actually interesting discussion, unlike any I've heard on network TV of the Wuhan Virus by Dr. Chris Martenson Ph.D. Doctor of Pathology
including an update on a potential vaccine delivered using a patch containing a fingertip size patch of a micro needle array containing 400 microneedles (feels like velcro) made out of spikes of sugar that follows the original "Scratch Method of delivery that originated with the smallpox immunization (like the circular scar many of us have on our shoulder and wonder why it's there and how it got there) (minute 4:58). It is said to develop resistance significantly faster.
Nose Pinch - the metal strip across the nose bridge to keep the mask tight
One of the best materials I have found are the strips that close bags of coffee.
Paper clips and pipe cleaners can also work although paper clips can be too light or too hard depending on regular or jumbo size, and pipe cleaners lack the strength to remain tight although a double or triple layer helps. If you have any further ideas or information, please let us know.
Elastic strips, rubber bands, hair bands, cloth ties, all can work as ear or head straps
Bill Withers - July 4, 1938 to March 30, 2020
In case you missed it, Singer Kenny Rogers passed away March 20, 2020
Link to Newscast
I'm sure you remember this Kenny Rogers
but do you remember the Bell Bottom Version?
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition - 1969
Did you know he was in The Association when they did Cherish
Click Here for some of his music
(there is about a 5 second delay before it starts)
If you've run out of sterilizing wipes, a thin material such as a used facial wash wipe (that has had all the soap washed out of it), a thin facial cleansing pad, a cotton ball or even a small square of paper towel can be moistened with alcohol and placed in a plastic zip-lock bag (squeeze all the air out so you don't loose any through evaporation) that you can carry with your or keep in your car.
You've probably seen the videos for making your own face masks using two coffee filters. Now as small as the virus is, the pores on the mask or filter are so much larger, it's like a screen door on a submarine to the virus, but I understand that the idea behind the two filters is that it greatly reduces the odds of an airborne cough or sneeze particle getting a straight shot through both. It's more of a protection for others against your cough or sneeze. Using a HEPA filter, such as a vaccuum bag or Polyester Hydro Knit Shop Towel and double sided surgical tape can greatly improve effectiveness. (See Links near the top)
John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
President Roosevelt said during WWII,
“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
One of our classmates suggests that if you are afraid, Read Psalm 91 aloud.
It includes: “You shall not fear…the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday….no evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your dwelling. He will give His angels charge over you, to protect you in all your ways.”
Several other classmates have recently sent in some additional scriptures
Consumer Reports Magazine has created an Online Coronavirus Resource Hub
You all probably have all the information about the Corona Virus that you need, but Consumer Reports Magazine has created an Online Coronavirus Resource Hub that has some very interesting related information including that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the "Keep Americans Connected Pledge" where Cell Phone Companies and Internet Providers can sign on that for the next 60 days, they will to waive data usage limits, remove data caps and will not disconnect subscribers if they can't make their payments due to the Coronavirus. More Info Here Now, not all providers have signed up yet, so be sure to verify with your provider.
One of their links shows what disinfectants work and what don't. Vodka at 80 proof contains 40 percent alcohol and falls far short of the 70 percent or 140 proof that is needed to be effective. More Info Here
I thought the media had pretty well covered it, but was actually surprised to find a number of interesting articles.
Another program that may be of benefit to you, your friends, kids, neighbors, etc. is a program I was not familiar with, but several companies are offering Discounted High Speed Internet (according to their definition, 3 Mbs or 10 Mbs) for $5 or $10 per month to anyone on food stamps (the SNAP program). Unfortunately it's not available everywhere. Phone Info Here and Internet Info Here.
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