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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-10

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  • New post | Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-03 | http://traff.as/rY #
  • Never seen a walk-off balk before. #royals #fun #
  • Wichita knows how to celebrate this holiday. #
  • China's Coal Power Plants Mask Climate Change http://bit.ly/kLg15Q #
  • @lucasmaddy How's that verdict treating you? #
  • RT @marisa_KSU: car full of farm boys = no good music #
  • http://yfrog.com/hslr4vtsj Dave from the tee at Auburn Hills. #
  • I called my parents by their own first names. I played in the alley, but I didn't play the game anymore. #
  • Story of my life. // RT @jdschultz I got tons done today… just nothing on my list of things I wanted to get done. #
  • @MikeOMearaShow You have to get a fan page. Stop being exclusionary with your Facebook 5000. ESSADEE! #
  • @MikeOMearaShow And at Katie he would gander, Robb Spewak is very Takei #
  • @MikeOMearaShow Yeah – and I was already a fan…for some reason I got a message on my phone that I wasn't allowed to access it. Sorry! #
  • When a business sends you a Facebook friend request, open its profile and click "report/block this person" and… http://fb.me/15VwPJDi3 #
  • @mayoauction In Kansas, you need only a pulse. #
  • Calling wget from PHP generates far fewer errors after it's actually installed on the server. #
  • I gave everyone Google Wave invites, but nobody wants to invite me to Google+. Did Google Wave suck that much that I'm being punished? #
  • @EricaHops @VarneysKSU I looked at the Forbes list and couldn't even find Manhattan. The only Kansas town I saw on the list was Wichita. #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Whiskeytown (8), Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akthar, Jason Howell (8) & Mike McClure Band (7) http://bit.ly/9P1 #
  • Going to roll to Chili's for a night out with the family before flying out to Orlando tomorrow. #
  • Boarding AirTran 849 from ATL to MCO. #
  • Just saw Linux on a big billboard. Never would have believed that. #
  • @dN0t Clearly. Now, when they put one up in Kansas, that may be something. #
  • <tears>The Internet costs 8.99 per day here.</tears> Looks like my EVO is going to get some use. #
  • Florida felt a lot different five years ago when I was young and the world was flat. #
  • @jdschultz Yeah, and I think Sprint has yet to cap 4G, so it may not be that bad if I can keep the battery cool. #
  • @jdschultz Actually, it seems that while Orlando is a 4G city, they neglected to put it up around @The_Caribe so we're stuck with 3G. #
  • Fresh on AuctioneerTech: Fractured: Social networks should only provide interface to underlying public data http://traff.as/rZ #
  • Choosing a social network should be like choosing a browser. Pick the interface to access the same data. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-03

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  • At Woody's in KC – @lucasmaddy is crushing the opening set. #
  • New post | Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-26 | http://traff.as/rX #
  • Going to tear in to my new Star Trek Blu-ray collection with my wife and sisters. The Motion Picture is up first…downhill after that. #
  • Why does GTK+ suck so much on Windows? – wait, don't answer that…I can already feel the air from your propeller cap spinning faster… #
  • Why, yes, I did just correctly transcribe a sentence with five commas, four semi-colons and a colon. I'm taking the rest of the night off. #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Lucero (28), The Hold Steady (16) & Whiskeytown (11) http://bit.ly/9P1d2t #
  • Playing after the rodeo tonight in Medicine Lodge, Kan. Be there! #kansasCountry #agRock #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-26

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  • New post | Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-19 | http://traff.as/rV #
  • Calamities of (super)nature http://bit.ly/llvW3t #
  • GOP Presidential Candidates: Don’t Vote For Us http://bit.ly/iM4lPa #
  • Listening to audiobook of Deamon Haunted World by Carl Sagan…much better now than 10 years ago when I first read it. #
  • I need to stop droppin' consonants. #
  • Waiting for the hunger to fade. #
  • Just blew every belt on my engine. Why can't combines break during business hours? #
  • @medicinelodgeks South of Sharon. #
  • RIM, You’re Done Here http://t.co/wuQhqOb by @johnbiggs #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Whiskeytown (5), Roger Clyne (5) & Mike McClure, Jason Boland, Travis Linville (3) http://bit.ly/9P1d2t #
  • That's all, folks. #
  • Most fights are that way. // RT @EricaHops Twitter fights are much less fun after you realize the person you'r… (cont) http://deck.ly/~Z1FwD #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-19

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-12

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-05

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  • Our system of measurement is so screwed up http://t.co/x3gNtjr via @Digg #
  • New post | Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-29 | http://traff.as/rS #
  • In setting up shop at the far end of the bell curve. #
  • http://yfrog.com/h7y0wafj will it hold? #
  • @pgauctioneer Left side strong side. #
  • The Best Use For a Mac Yet! http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ThereIFixedIt/~3/6CQzbMFG99w/ #
  • Hey @billguard – your service recognized Opera 11.11 as unsupported Opera 9. :( #
  • The @revision3 @boxee app would be awesome if it had a list view option that sorted by date. #usability #tilessuck #
  • I swear that Filezilla updates every other week. I honestly don't ever remember noticing a change. #
  • We were the toughest set of kids that the mohawk had ever seen.

    http://www.last.fm/music/Two+Cow+Garage/_/Jackson%2C+Don't+You+Worry #

  • Trying to save quintuple bogey on the first hole. #
  • http://yfrog.com/gziyrizaj My wife and sister in new maternity shirts from ThinkGeek. #
  • @sethetter No kidding. Sourcing copy and other content is usually annoyingly difficult. You'd think it wouldn't be. #
  • Looks like there won't be a 7" Honeycomb tablet available before harvest. Bummer. #
  • Today must be backscatter day. Thank goodness for Gmail keyboard shortcuts. #
  • Open letter to Kansas governor Sam Brownback | MinnesotaPlaylist.com – http://t.co/NCR5yHI #
  • RT @craigapoe: Aaron Traffas Band RT @JeffGordonWeb: Who's your favorite music artist(s) right now? #
  • @dN0t Master Blaster runs Bartertown. #
  • Drive-By Truckers – Dancin' Ricky http://ff.im/-EMxRk #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Two Cow Garage (52), The Hold Steady (34) & Lucero (27) http://bit.ly/9P1d2t #
  • Headed to the airport. Louisiana, here I come. #
  • Boarding CO 2620 from ICT to IAH. @ ICT Wichita http://gowal.la/c/4mKtX #
  • Guess which story I will read first. http://yfrog.com/eh22uyj #
  • Moving from Apache on Ubuntu to Nginx on Arch is giving me a headache. #
  • @chadsmith Moving to Apache on Arch or Nginx on Ubuntu would be much easier for me. Changing both at once is proving to be…arduous. #
  • @chadsmith That's the big learning curve for me. The whole Ubuntu -> Arch thing just makes me mad when I forget to use pacman instead of apt #
  • Ohai, Google Music. I wonder if I'm the first to try you with Opera? The borked buttons would seem to imply that I am. #
  • Hey John Edwards, can't you come up with something more original than "I am not a crook?" We've heard it before. #
  • Girl hogging the power outlet next to me looks just like Debbie Gallagher from Shameless. I wonder what else she's stealing. #
  • I can hear the ultrasonic deterrent running outside this airport as I wait on the cab. It makes me want to cry. #
  • @LucasMaddy Be glad your airport doesn't have an ultrasonic noisemaker that only you and the pests can hear like mine here in Louisiana. #
  • @LucasMaddy At which port are you? #
  • @LucasMaddy It's windy, high-pitched and 93 here. How is the weather there? #
  • Awesome! Does that mean no more IE7 after August 1? RT @sethetter Google drops support for old browsers – http… (cont) http://deck.ly/~pqjZm #
  • OH: Sometimes I'm sloppy with my English, but I'm always very careful with my Scotch. #
  • Boarding CO 2935Y for IAH. @ Alexandria International Airport http://gowal.la/c/4ng7B #
  • It seems @united says I don't have a seat for the second leg of my flight. I guess booking 30 days in advance is worthless. #
  • I'm at IAH George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, TX http://gowal.la/c/4niqc #
  • George Bush Intercontinental doesn't win any points by showing soccer instead of the Red Sox game. #
  • I'll throw $50 to anyone who gives up a seat on oversold CO 2376Y from IAH to ICT. Oh yeah. Your going to Wichita. You don't have Twitter. #
  • @dN0t Consider yourself lucky. #
  • @dN0t Plane leaves gate in 10 min. I'm still giving 50/50 as to whether I'm on it. #
  • Thanks to the ball-rocking gate crew, I have the forward-most seat on the plane. #
  • I'm at ICT Wichita in Wichita, KS http://gowal.la/c/4nocX #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-29

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  • Survived a four-day trip to St. Louis with family AND the rapture…not sure which was easier. #
  • It's Harry Chapin, all day long. #
  • My father was a farmer, he'd go tillin' in the ground. My mother was a neighbor, she'd go visitin' around. #
  • Dear Internet Explorers 6, 7 and 8. Thanks so much for your creative approach to JavaScript events. #
  • Fresh on AuctioneerTech: Stop with the QR codes http://traff.as/rR #
  • Alright, Internet Explorer. It's just you, me, and JavaScript debugging. Prepare yourself. #
  • Best radar view I've found for watching #ksstormshttp://traff.as/radar #
  • @dN0t Nothing in Wichita so far, though it's getting close. No reports of tornadoes in Barber County that I've heard. #
  • Here it comes. #ksstorms #wichita #batterybackup #beer #
  • First power outage in #wichita from #ksstorms #
  • Awesome. KSNW weatherman just advised viewers not to go to the attic. #nowIknow #
  • Listening to weathermen fill time should be a drinking game. #ksstorms #
  • With the sun about to come out in Wichita, it's time to go back to the basement. No wife tonight == Counter Strike. #
  • My NAA votes for VP and directors may just have to go to the candidates who sent me the fewest email solicitations. Facebook is right out. #
  • Someone needs to take "on hover" away from the Soluto interface designer. #
  • @dN0t I did a write-up for AuctioneerTech when they won Disrupt. Interface is awful and getting worse, but good idea. Recent update is neat. #
  • @dN0t It's really geared for noobs to help with long boot time, but croudsourced crash reporting is interesting and I'm giving that a spin. #
  • @dN0t Yeah. Somehow I doubt they're working hard to plan a Linux version. #
  • @jdschultz No kidding. I kind of wish I'd have saved it so I could count it to include the stats in a presentation sometime. #
  • @roadler Well it certainly shows…and frustrates. #
  • RT @midmoia The tornado sirens in JoCo are approximately F above treble C. #F1 #
  • Just another southern boy who dreams of nights in NYC.

    http://www.last.fm/music/Lucero/_/Tears+Don't+Matter+Much #

  • @ryplane That'd be a pretty valuable list for you, wouldn't it? I don't know how they get it. #
  • @chadsmith #jealous #
  • Bahahahaha http://j.mp/irUK4H – make sure to listen, the funny isn't in the transcription. #
  • @chadsmith Somehow I doubt all the merchants listed on the map in Wichita are ready for NFC payments today. #
  • Whoa – WordPress just pushed a new version. #
  • Special Stickers Will Bring Google Wallet To Android Phones That Lack NFC http://t.co/lvwyPVM via @techcrunch #
  • Finally done with my Advanced Technology presentation deck for NAA Conference and Show…only a month behind deadline! #
  • Gmail's people widget looks exciting – now how do we get it? #impatient #
  • @jdschultz I actually just got it – pop-up announcement and everything. #
  • @jdschultz Gmail #
  • @dN0t No. Nor can it be watched without improved creativity in your profanity. #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Harry Chapin (43), Whiskeytown (14) & Lucero (14) http://bit.ly/9P1d2t #
  • @dN0t Flattered, though Freewill is my favorite Rush. Yours? #
  • I could get better bandwidth with smoke signals than with SCTelcom. #goingtobealongharvest #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-22

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-15

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  • New post | Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-08 | http://traff.as/rF #
  • @dN0t IMAX at 21st and Tyler #
  • Vaccines and infant mortality rates: A false relationship promoted by the anti-vaccine movement http://bit.ly/meQVpk #
  • Sick of being sick. #
  • Kansas Public Radio let me down with their story on chiropractic (crap) and CAM this morning. #nofacts #woo #antiscience #onesided #wrong #
  • A letter to KMUW – http://t.co/qsPRydR #
  • Hey @unifiedscene – you can take "The Weekenders" and shove it. I haven't slept for three nights straight and that song is all I think about #
  • Boxee Outs The Boxee Box 1.1 Firmware, Revamped Browser And New On-Screen Controls Highlight The Update http://bit.ly/kHDwdZ #
  • Blues Traveler – Run Around http://ff.im/-Dak9S #
  • @dN0t you watching the Yankees down at home to KC in 10th? #
  • Thanks! RT @craigmstensaas @traffas and @LucasMaddy Sounded great at Pat's last night! A good time was had by all!! #
  • RT @kmtraffas Loving tonight. Yankees are getting killed by the Royals. #
  • Sleazy PR Firm Throws Scummy Facebook Under The Sordid Bus http://bit.ly/ihJRn8 #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: The Hold Steady (65), Two Cow Garage (28) & Lucero (19) http://bit.ly/9P1d2t #
  • I'm at Fred Bramlage Coliseum (1800 College Ave, Kansas State University, Manhattan) w/ 8 others http://4sq.com/kYS5yd #
  • So refreshing to hear a music major sing the national anthem – that's how the words are supposed to be pronounced. #pride #ksu #graduation #
  • Holly @hvanskike graduates! http://yfrog.com/h2rm7lcj #
  • True. RT @dN0t Don't know why, but Palin's jackassery incenses me while Trump's jackassery delights me. #
  • Steve Novella and Banachek on Power Balance bracelets http://bit.ly/lZu6a7 #

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A letter to KMUW

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This letter was originally published to SkeptiKan.

I’ve never been more disappointed (actually, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in KMUW) in KMUW than I was with this morning’s story on chiropractic and CAM. The story was one-sided and, quite frankly, misleading.

From the story:
“I don’t think it is really in dispute at this point among informed scientist and informed policy makers that [chiropractic] is clinically effective. I would say that it’s proven, and they use the term proven.”

This statement couldn’t be more wrong. Skeptics and those of us in favor of science-based medicine have been trying to fight this kind of propaganda and this story doesn’t help. It’s obvious that no reputable medical experts were contacted for this story. CAM by definition is not medicine. If a practice is scientifically-proven, it becomes accepted medical practice. If it’s unproven or proven not to work (like chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, reflexology, bloodletting, etc.) it’s not medicine. Calling it alternative medicine represents a false dichotomy.

I can understand KMUW wishing to report on how the new laws will affect these charlatans, and that’s the kind of reporting I want to hear. However, the part of the story that actually lent credence to their tricks was appalling.

I’ve been a huge supporter and advocate for NPR and KMUW for my entire adult life, because of the science and reason that generally serves to back the reporting. I simply can’t describe how hurt and let down I feel about hearing such an anti-science story from a station I love so much.

Aaron Traffas