Bringing the Number Of Our Ancestors Into Perspective

Have you ever stopped and thought about how many ancestors you have in a given generation? As we go back each generation, the number of our ancestors double, becoming an astoundingly large number. Take a look at the following table I put together to get a picture of how fortunate we are to be alive. The table includes an estimated year in which our ancestors were living. Can you imagine the sequence of events and chance meetings that had to take place in order for our parents to meet and give birth to us?

* This table is based on the assumptions that you are 30 years old, no incest took place in the family, and a new generation was produced every 30 years. The first generation starts with you.

Generation No. of Parents/Ancestors Est. Year
1 (You) 2 1985
2 4 1955
3 8 1925
4 16 1895
5 32 1865
6 64 1835
7 128 1805
8 256 1775
9 512 1745
10 1,024 1715
11 2,048 1685
12 4,096 1655
13 8,192 1625
14 16,384 1595
15 32,768 1565
16 65,536 1535
17 131,072 1505
18 262,144 1475
19 524,288 1445
20 1,048,576 1415

Their Sacrifice Was Not For This

I am disappointed and frustrated that the city of Baltimore, Maryland erupted with a wave of violent rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died from spinal injury while in police custody. Despite pleas of peace and calm from Gray’s family, pastors, and community officials, rioters  thugged out and wreaked havoc. The casualty of this mob attack are those who invested in the very community where few were willing and the residents who may loose some community resources. One of the properties destroyed was a $16 million dollar senior affordable housing and transformation center. This church run facilitated was scheduled to provide 60 apartment units and human and health services that included workforce development, life coaching, behavior counseling, and mortgage lending services [Read more...]

Open Letter to Ben Carson: Slavery Vs. Obamacare

To Dr. Ben Carson:

Personally, I don’t have a problem with you coming to speak at Valdosta State University on September 11th. I do have an intellectual issue with you saying that the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, is the worst thing since slavery. Before going further, I just want to make it clear that I do not have an issue with you exercising your freedom of speech (a right our ancestors did not have). Like you, as a descendant of slaves, I have researched my ancestry, so I’m puzzled by your comparison of one of the worst forms of brutality in human history with healthcare policy.

Comparing the institution of slavery where human beings were treated worse than animals and violated in every way possible with a government health policy which at worst may require some people to pay higher fees or OMG get a different policy, doesn’t make much sense. News Flash- Although Obamacare has started, we still have the right to vote; we have the right to come and go as we please; we have the right to marry who we want; we have the right to live and work at the place we choose; we have the freedom to learn and be educated. Slaves had none of these rights. Obamacare doesn’t even come close to restricting inalienable rights, unlike the polices of forced removal of Native Americans, Jim Crow, Segregation, Separate but Equal, Japanese internment camps, etc.

Dr. Ben Carson, I think your “Obamacare is the worst thing… since slavery” comparison is very weak, factually wrong, and not worthy of your brilliance and accomplishments. In your conversation with Roland Martin, you mentioned that you are in a war against political correctness. I understand why you would support open and free communication, but it seems that you have fallen into the “big bad government is going to take away all our freedom” camp. If you want to become elected and change those things that you feel are not right, then stand on your own principles and platform, not on the institution of slavery and your cherry picking, big government, fear control gimmick.

Storify, My Favorite New Web 2.0 Tools

Almost 3 months ago, I began reviewing a lot of new Web 2.0 tools, that I had never tried. For me this included: Pinterest, Storify, VoiceThread, SlideShare, ScoopIt, LibraryThing, GoodReads, Delicious, and more. Out of the bunch Storify was my favorite Web 2.0 tool. I enjoy curating content, so being able to easily bring in content from different sources was great. This tool has a browser add-on which makes Storifying content even easier. The add-on has also added “Storify It” links to social site such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more. I especially like the embed capabilities of the Storify articles that are created. Decentralizing content is a must have feature these days. Give Storify a try, and let me know what you think.

Informal Learning Web 2.0

Web 2.0 and social media has made our society very rich with informal learning. If there is some information, I need concerning a person, place, or thing I go to Wikipedia or do a Google search. If there is some skill I want to learn, I go to YouTube. One of my favorite websites to learn WordPress is a website called which has loads of guides, helpful resources, and really good YouTube videos. Will informal learning one day overtake, structured learning and education. Possibly yes, especially if future employment requirements place greater weight on this form of learning.