Tonight I was fortunate to have taken a small part in a welcome home ceremony for Kevin Patrick Bradley. Kevin is a Corpsman who just returned home from deployment over seas in Iraq and Afghanistan. It made me extremely proud of the effort that the local community makes to support our troops. The San Ramon Valley is a very special place and a number of my neighbors, friends, local officials and veteran’s turned out to give Kevin a warm welcome home. Kevin was very appreciative, humble and professional in his response to the ceremony.
I streamed the event live on uStream, something I am planning to do more of. It creates a fairly low quality (at least from my Droid phone in 3G coverage) live video and audio feed from just about anywhere. I can’t help but think that there is room for a team-mate on these adventures. It would be much more effective to have one person recording and the other interviewing and socializing at an event like this. For now I will persist with my current testing, keep an eye out for the Facebook and Twitter updates from my uStream account. Here is the embed of the majority of the event on uStream:
I was sitting in my home office tonight writing an article inspired by Chris Brogan when I heard some thumping sounds like someone slamming car doors outside. A few moments later I hear sirens. Since I follow our Fire Department I check Seesmic and sure enough there is a tweet right there:
I click the link and see as a crow flies that location is less than 1 mile from my house. Soon I heard more sirens, most emergencies handled by our world class Fire Department are medical emergencies. I am not sure if the door slamming sounds were in fact some tiny explosions inside that home, they may have just been car doors but one thing is for sure – I may have never known about the fire were it not for Twitter.
I took these photos in September 2009. There was a large cargo plane circling Danville, CA where I live. I am surprised how well some of the shots turned out.