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A Meet the Author event was held on Friday at a monthly meeting of the Senior Provider Information Network. The meeting was at the beautiful Market Street Memory Care Residence in Palm Coast, Florida. Additional author events will be held in Florida during the 1st quarter of 2020 and then more back in Connecticut in the Spring. The table below shows events scheduled so far. Details on upcoming events will follow. Questions to [email protected]

As predicted, the press has jumped on the idea of Internet voting and pointed out how insecure it is. I could not resist writing another post to get a more balanced point of view entered into the mix. I have also given some interviews and participated on panels about the subject. Following are some links to videos of them. There is some redundancy in the New York interviews. The links are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLsHkes9-qQ&t=95s Pepperdine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxUm30YdYbw NYC 11/2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVajKvM4sco&t=32s NYC full interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdsZI-2ipes NYC August 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NWqWSY8z9k&t=303s Internet voting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Um4wnMZ1-s NYC August 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cJGsvfWyaw NYC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SfT6ENx-jg&t=3s NYC

Data Fact of the Week

Each of our body’s 10 trillion or so cells contains about six feet of DNA, the enormously long molecule that contains all the genetic information which makes us a person. If laid end to end, the DNA would reach to the sun and back dozens of times. An equally amazing comparison is with the size of each of our cell’s nucleus, the container which holds our DNA. The diameter of a typical nucleus is about 1 ten-millionth of an inch, making it 400,000 times smaller than the DNA which has to fit inside it. The compression factor is equivalent to folding 20 miles of string perfectly into a tennis ball.

Tesla has now reached a market capitalization of $145 billion. This is remarkable but just a fraction of the MAGFA group. See the table below. The five giants have now reached a market cap of five and a half trillion dollars. All five companies are global, but to put their massive valuation into perspective, it represents 21% of the market cap of the U.S. S&P 500. Shareholders are rejoicing, but government regulators and politicians are licking their chops. 

MAGFA Market Cap
Microsoft $1.400 Trillion
Apple $1.420 Trillion
Google $1.040 Trillion
Facebook $0.610 Trillion
Amazon $1.060 Trillion
Total $5.530 Trillion
S&P 500 1/31/20 $26.720 Trillion
MAGFA 21%  






June 11, 2020

Meet the Author

7:00 PM

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877

May 15, 2020 (to be rescheduled)

Meet the Author

1:00 PM

Founders Hall
193 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Arpil 15, 2020

Origins of the Internet   with Doug Maine and John Patrick

7:30 PM with Zoom

Virtual Playhouse
by Bedford Playhouse 
Bedford, NY

March 19, 2020 (to be rescheduled)

Community Forum

11:30 AM

AdventHealth Palm Coast 
60 Memorial Medical Pkwy
Palm Coast, FL 32164

February 14, 2020

Health Attitude with John Patrick

8:30 AM

Senior Provider Information Network
2 Corporate Dr.
Palm Coast, FL

February 6, 2020

Tech Talk 9 with John Patrick

1:00 PM

Hammock Dunes Club
Palm Coast, FL
Private event: Request invite
Mail to [email protected]

November 14, 2019

Meet the Author

1:00 PM

New Fairfield Senior Center
33 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT

October 9, 2019

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Robotics Night

5:30 PM

Crowne Plaza Hotel
18 Old Ridgebury Rd
Danbury, CT

August 29, 2019

Meet the Author

5:30 PM

The Boiler Room
Hawley Silk Mill
8 Silk Mill Drive
Hawley, PA