Nomophobia study

Nomophobia is an interesting term used to describe the anxiety of not being able to use your mobile device. Fast Company writes about a California State University, Dominguez-Hills study of the anxiety among a group of 163 student-volunteers, average age 24, who are not allowed to use their phone for an hour. That’s right, just 60 minutes. Some of those students had their phone confiscated, while others were just asked to put their phone away.

You can read the Fast Company story here.

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No change for the meter, no problem

A letter to the editor today decried the use of parking meters in downtown Stockton. Looking for change, the letter writer states, is a deterrent to coming downtown. I do not know how much revenue the city generates through the use of meters but perhaps what is needed is a system similar to Parkmobile.

This system is used in Santa Cruz and appears headed to Sacramento. Fees can be paid at the meter or by using a smartphone app. I think it takes cash too.

 

 

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Can’t make sense of these things

Sometimes things happen that are beyond words. Here our community still grapples with last week’s bank robbery that resulted in the death of a hostage and two suspects.

In suburban Philadelphia, a psychiatric patient rants about the hospital’s gun ban before firing his weapon, killing his 53-year-old caseworker and injuring a doctor before the doctor returns fire on Thursday.

The patient was eventually wrestled to the ground and was to be arraigned on murder charges today. According to the Associated Press, it is unclear why the doctor had a gun at work but without it, he and others may have been killed.

Read about it here.

 

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River Cats, Ports and Nuts

So some in Sacramento are atwitter that the Sacramento River Cats Triple-A baseball franchise may be interested in changing its affiliation from the Oakland Athletics to the San Francisco Giants.

One can’t really blame the River Cats for at least exploring the options. Their contract with the A’s expires after this season as does the contract for the Fresno Giants, San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate.

The San Francisco Giants have not shown public interest in moving its Triple-A team from Fresno but who knows what would entice them to do so. Raley Field, where the River Cats play, is a nice venue and Sacramento is closer to San Francisco than Fresno. Player movement for them for quick call ups to the majors would be as easy as it has been for the A’s.

Ah, speculation.

Let’s just say affiliations change.

The Modesto Nuts were the Oakland A’s Single-A affiliate for nearly 30 years before leaving for Stockton and a brand-new ballpark after the 2004 season. Modesto has been a Colorado Rockies’ affiliate since 2005.

The Stockton Ports have been affiliated with 10 franchises dating back to 1949, including Milwaukee twice.

Maybe something will happen and then again maybe this is just much ado about nothing.

 

 

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Surprisingly simple baklava making

I thought making baklava would be a complicated, time-consuming process. And I am sure it can be. But instructor Mary Shaw broke it down into simple steps during a at Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, thanks to Mary Shaw.

First gather all the ingredients. Here we use walnuts, cinnamon and butter

 

 

 

After mixing ingredients, line pan with phyllo dough and butter sheets.

 

 

 

Place ingredients in pan and cover with more dough, buttering sheets of top layers.

 

 

After slicing, into smaller shapes, the baklava is oven ready.

 

 

 

Fresh out of the oven. Cover with syrup, which you made already, and it is ready to eat!

 

To see a glimpse of the class click here

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In bloom


The blossoms are emerging at this orchard on Davis and Peltier roads in Lodi as you can see looking northwest.

 

 

And also looking southwest. Yet the dry ground is a reminder of our area’s need for rain.

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Sweet ride

This Thunderbird is a staple at Lincoln Center in Stockton. This classic vehicle can be seen regularly many mornings in the parking lot outside of Starbucks at the shopping center.

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Child’s definition of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sometimes the simplest things are best said. I asked my eight-year-old daughter what she knew about Martin Luther King Jr.

She said: He was a brown man who wanted white people and brown people to be together.

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Working away

The grape vines are bare but periodic work continues to prepare them for the growing season. This worker and one other not pictured were recently working in a vineyard on DeVries Road, just south of Turner Road in Lodi.

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A scam is a scam

Record Staff Writer Joe Goldeen’s story on a scam victim  highlights a problem that happens throughout the year. In the case of Joe’s report, someone pawned themselves off as an authority figure threatening punishment if action (meaning money) was not taken. And although the victim, Jack Baker, is fairly savvy, even he fell for this one.

The email below recently ended up in the spam folder of my personal email. This just screams fraud for a number of reasons: the Nigeria connection, egregious amounts of money available and payment from me to Western Union or another nonrefundable money transfer agency. You should never have to pay money to get money, particularly in the case of a settlement.

I highlighted a few of the red flags from the email itself before deleting it from my spam folder. Read it and chuckle:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC ROBERT S. MUELLER, Attention Beneficiary, Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have noticed that you have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters who have been impersonating the likes of Prof. Soludo /Mr. Lamido Sanusi of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Bode Williams, Frank, Anderson, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen and some impostors claiming to be The Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) on how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us. We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance that your payment totaling $5,900,000.00(Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars). will be released to you via a custom pin based ATM card with a maximum withdrawal limit of $15,000 a day which is powered by Visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world where you see a Visa Card Logo on the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM). We guarantee receipt of your payment. This is as a result of the mandate from US Government to make sure all debts owed to citizens of American and also Asia and Europe which includes Inheritance, Contract, Gambling/Lottery etc are been cleared. Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from Delivery Company website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully. 1)Name Howard Keighler Tracking Number899328773367 Website FeDex.com (2) Name: Jody Miller Tracking Number: 899571438936Website: FedEx.com To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the ATM Card Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order on your behalf which will cost you $250 Usd only and nothing more as everything else has been taken care of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $250.00 only. Mr. Kim Williams.(ATM Card Center Director) Central Bank of Nigeria Central Business District, Cad astral Zone, federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. ATM Card Center Director Mr. Kim Williams. Email: w_kim43@yahoo.com.hk Phone: +2348088656777. Do contact Mr. Kim Williams. of the ATM Card Center via his contact details above and furnish him with your details as listed below: FULL NAMES: __________________________________ DELIVERY ADDRESS FOR ATM CARD: __________________ SEX: _______________ DATE OF BIRTH: __________________ OCCUPATION: __________________ TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________ On contacting him with your details your file would be updated and he will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in making payment of $250.00 via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order, after which the delivery of your ATM card will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay, extra fee. ROBERT S. MUELLER, DIRECTOR FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535 Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM card, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Kim Williams. of the ATM card center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime

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