Monday, April 9, 2007

What is a Blog?

Have you ever wonderted where the term Blog came from? I have and here is what i found!

  • Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.

  • A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog.

  • An online Journal.

  • A blog is information that is instantly published to a Web site. Blog scripting allows someone to automatically post information to a Web site. The information first goes to a blogger Web site. Then the information is automatically inserted into a template tailored for your Web site.

  • A short form for weblog, a frequent and chronological publication of comments and thoughts on the web. They usually include philosophical reflections, opinions on the Internet and social or political issues.

  • a public web site where users post informal journals of their thoughts, comments, and philosophies, updated frequently and normally reflecting the views of the blog's creator.

  • Web LOG is a journal kept on the internet. This journal is often updated daily and contains all information that the person maintaining the BLOG (Blogger) wishes to share with the world. Also applies to websites dedicated to a particular topic and being updated with the latest news, views and trends.

  • The name "blog" is a truncated form of "web log" according to Rebecca Blood's essay "Weblogs: a history and perspective." Blog is used to refer to sites that can best be described as mini sites or mini directories, populated with the site owner's personal opinions. Blogs are now popular for business use as well.

  • A weblog or internet diary. Weblogs enable users to publish short comments and ideas instantly for other people to read. Blogging can be an effective communications tool for small groups of people to keep in touch with each other.

  • A “web log” or online diary. Blogs have been identified as an increasingly popular source of online publication, especially regarding political information, opinion publication and alternative news coverage

  • Blog is short for Web log and is a Web page that has short, frequent updates made to it. Similar to a Web journal or "what's new" page.

  • The word blog is derived from the combination of the two words, web and log. Blogs are virtual diaries created by individuals and stored on the Internet. Blogs generally consist of text and images and can appear in a calendar type format.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Being Sick Sucks!

Well i went to the doctor again and i got Strep for the second time in 2 weeks. This time it is kicking my ass. I found some info on it. Sounds like this could be bad if it goes untreated!!!

Muscle infected with the strep bacteriaScientists have discovered how a type of flesh-eating bug disables a key part of the body's immune system.
A team from Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust looked at why the streptococcus A bacteria can be deadly in some cases.
It causes conditions ranging from mild throat infections to the flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis.
The Hammersmith team found group A strep can destroy a key immune system messenger which should alert the body to the bacteria's presence.
We could potentially have a vaccine against streptococcus necrotising fasciitis
Professor Ron Cutler, University of East London
Many people carry the bacteria harmlessly on their skin and in their nose and throat.
But it can cause severe bloodstream infections, toxic shock syndrome - and necrotising fasciitis.
Over 2,000 cases of invasive disease caused by strep A are reported every year. Up to one in five patients die, if the bacteria get into the blood.
'Shooting the messenger'
The team's research began when a patient admitted to the hospital died from necrotising fasciitis, caused by a very virulent form of strep A.
Experts looked at post mortem samples from the patient and found that, despite the presence of the bacteria in muscle tissue, there were hardly any white blood cells, which would normally be the body's first line of defence.
The strain affecting the patient was isolated and grown in the lab, and biochemical analysis found that the bacteria prevented the immune system responding as normal by "shooting the messenger".
The bacteria interacts with a molecule called IL-8 which should act as the messenger to rally other parts of the immune system to attack the "invader".
But these messages are blocked, meaning the bacteria is unchecked.
The researchers then looked closely at its make-up.
They found a particular piece on the surface of the bacteria, which they have called SpyCEP, is responsible for blocking the action of IL-8.
Strains of strep A with the highest levels of SpyCEP were most effective at inhibiting the body's immune response.
Dr Shiranee Sriskandan, who led the research, said the finding was important because more analysis of the SpyCEP fragment could help in the development of a vaccine against strep A.
She said: "There is currently no vaccine against all types of group A strep.
"We are hopeful that this is the first step to developing one that is broadly effective and safe."
Professor Ron Cutler, an infectious diseases expert at the University of East London, said: "This is an exciting finding."
He added: "It's a very technical finding, but we could potentially have a vaccine against streptococcus necrotising fasciitis."
Professor Cutler said much more research was needed to develop any vaccine and to see how effective it could be, and who should be receive it.
The research has been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Whats the worst gift you have gotten for Christmas?

We all know we have gotten them! Whats the worst gift you have received for Christmas?

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Top 5 Christmas Songs!

So i have also been tagged and here are my top 5 Christmas songs!

1. Jingle Bell Rock
2. A Holly Jolly Christmas
3. Frosty the snow man
4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Here Comes Santa Claus

These are in no special order.