A Quick Tech Question

By BitcoDavid

Generally speaking, if it transfers energy through gears and pulleys, if it works by electrons coursing through wires, or if it involves bouncing binary digits off satellites – I’ve got it down. But Marsha Graham and I are working on ways to create virtual access to the ASL Meetup. What I would like to do, eventually, would be to set up a Javascript applet that would run on one of my servers, and we could have multiple chat-lines, allowing people with webcams to log on and participate in real time.

So, logistically speaking, we’d have one PC at the site, with a webcam and internet hotspot. That machine would be sending the image of the entire group to the absentee members. Conversely, it would be receiving multiple video streams from those members, and the group would be able to see them.

Until I can get all that worked out however, I’m throwing the ball in your court. If anybody out there can think of some quick and easy ways to facilitate multiple video chats, please drop a line in the comments section.

We can use Yahoo Messenger, but that will only allow one feed at a time. We can use Google+ hang-outs, but it seems to me that we could come up with something more elegant and efficient. And I’d kinda like to do this without being assimilated by the Borg – if you get my drift.

Again, I can set this up to work through my server, but we’re looking for something in the interim. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, and you’ll be helping some fine people get access to the ASL they so desperately need.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

This Site is Going Blackout 22 April 2013 ~ Protest CISPA

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My Pick of the Year’s Best Posts

By BitcoDavid

Here’s an embedded PDF showing some of our best posts over the past year. I’ve tried to mix it up some, and include  – or at least mention – all our contributors and guest posters.

On a side note, I need to mention that Google will be changing their algorithm in the very near future, and the term “guest post” will no longer be used on DeafInPrison.com. It appears that Google will be marking posts with that appellation as spam. If you have a Blog site, and you frequently rely on guest posts, you might want to think about using different terminology.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

Job Opportunity – NAD Director of Communications

By BitcoDavid

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeks a Director of Communications to work at its Silver Spring office and oversee the organization’s communications as well as engage in marketing efforts. The Director will ensure that all communications are timely, compelling, effective, and representative of the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

The Director leads the development and implementation of the NAD communications and brand strategies in order to strengthen the organization’s engagement with its members, stakeholders, and the general public.

The Director is responsible for creating and coordinating written content, videos, graphic design & layout, look & feel, and brand management across all NAD communication channels including print (including the NADmag), eNewsletters, web, social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+), and all public/media relations.


  • Develop and implement an integrated communications and brand strategy to engage current and future members;
  • Create compelling, persuasive, relevant, and accurate communications content that will increase engagement with the organization’s members and build community support for the NAD;
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive and effective communications strategy in collaboration with the NAD CEO;
  • Cultivate and maintain local, state, and national media contacts for disseminating press releases and leveraging public relations opportunities;
  • Engage in direct communications with state associations and affiliates of the NAD, and coordinate political, legislative, and media efforts within local, regional, and national areas.
  • Create awareness campaigns that utilize innovative social media tools to engage members of the community most effectively;
  • Oversee the creative and editorial direction, development, production and execution of all public communications (website, NADmag, eNewsletters, social media, exhibit booths, marketing and advertising);
  • Script, choreograph, produce, edit, caption, and disseminate videos and vlogs on a regular basis to maximize communications to NAD members and stakeholders, including ASL videos of content on the NAD website;
  • Provide strategic oversight and support for membership and development materials, conferences and campaigns, and fundraising events and activities; and
  • Promote media communications on important legal and political developments.


  • Strong commitment to the NAD mission of promoting, protecting, and preserving the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people;
  • Experience, at least four years preferred, in a communications role (general writing, online writing, or marketing-related writing experience a plus), and prior experience with digital communications;
  • Knowledge and expertise with social media;
  • Experience with content management systems and contact relationship databases;
  • Skilled at developing content including ability to translate policy issues into communications that  resonate with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Experience with fast-paced advocacy campaigns;
  • Comprehensive strategic thinking and rapid problem-solving skills to effectively handle crisis communications;
  • Fluent in ASL and in English, with an ability to write and edit quickly and clearly;
  • Familiar with the deaf and hard of hearing community, its culture and heritage;
  • Versed in video production and editing, captioning, and graphic design concepts;
  • Ability to set and adhere to strict deadlines, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, ever-shifting environment;
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; and
  • Exceptional attention to detail.


Salary will be commensurate with candidate’s experience. This position includes generous benefits.

The successful candidate will take the position at the Silver Spring, MD office of the NAD, with flexibility given for transition from out of state.

Deadline for submission is January 9, 2013, with a goal of hiring before the end of January 2013.

Please send your cover letter, resume, list of references, writing samples and any other relevant materials via email to:  jobs@nad.org

Here’s the link to the original listing:


Now go get ’em. Good luck – and be sure to mention that you learned of the job through DeafInPrison.com.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

Update on the #JusticeForFelix Project

Update on the #JusticeForFelix Project

By BitcoDavid

Felix Garcia Should Be Granted a Full Pardon

Let me start with the petition site. We’re currently at 331 signatures, which is where we’ve been for a while now. We still need almost 700 before we can send the petition. But, there’s a silver lining. Our numbers on the page – signatures notwithstanding – are pretty good. We’ve had 389 FaceBook shares and 54 tweets. It has been shared 9 times on Google+ and once on StumbleUpon.

The Petition page has a Google ranking of 6, out of a possible 10. It’s been listed on Google 156,000 times, 91,900 times on Bing and 8,942 times on Alexa. according to Google it has received 149 backlinks. That means that 149 sites other than our own, have posted a link to the page. All things considered, these numbers are really pretty good, and they support the point that there is substantial interest in freeing this innocent man.

Image: Pat Bliss

I received this via e-mail from Pat Bliss.

Felix’s case is now in the hands of an experienced clemency attorney to take it before the Governor and has signed on to do it pro bono for Felix’s sake. However, there will be reasonable and necessary costs such as photocopies, postage,   public records requests and travel incurred. A trust account has been set up. If you would like to help in this last stretch   of Felix’s quest for freedom, please send a check or money order [mention Felix Garcia under memo] made out to: Reginald R. Garcia P.A., P.O. Box 11069, Tallahassee, FL 32302. Thank you!  Pat Bliss

I would like to thank our magnanimous publisher, Joanne Greenberg, for allowing us to post this. When she created this site, and contracted me to manage and edit it, she insisted that it remain non-commercial and that it never solicit funds. However, she understands the need to help Felix, and has asked me to assure that no funds received here will

Image: Pat Bliss

go to DeafInPrison.com. This is funding for Felix’s case, to cover expenses above and beyond fees for the attorneys – who have graciously offered to handle the case pro bono. So, I repeat. No money from this drive will go to DeafInPrison.com, BitcoDavid BlogSites, or any of our contributors. It all goes to Felix’s worthy cause.

It is our intention to submit the petition coinciding with the attorneys case. It will provide the body blow that will support the attorneys in their knock out punch. (Sorry – had to throw a little Boxing lingo in there.) If you can help financially, it will be greatly appreciated, but if you can’t please sign the petition – if you haven’t already – and share, share, share.

Thank you all, and Happy Thanksgiving!

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

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