This $9 computer is taking Kickstarter by storm – CNET

This $9 computer is taking Kickstarter by storm

What Raspberry Pi? The Chip makes big promises and brings in big crowdfunding cash. Meanwhile, Google suspends Map Maker and some self-driving cars are getting into accidents.

by Bridget Carey


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What can you do with a $9 computer? Just about anything.

A new microcomputer called Chip is hot on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. It promises an easy way to learn how to program with a tiny board that packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and internal storage — something you don’t find in another popular microcomputer, Raspberry Pi.

via This $9 computer is taking Kickstarter by storm – CNET.

Chastain bloodline could hold key to Alzheimer’s research

Chastain bloodline could hold key to Alzheimer’s research

Created on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 19:23 | Published on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 19:23 | Written by Angela Reinhardt


“We’re the only family known with this gene,” says Chastain descendant.

“If we step up we can help everybody.”


Descendants of Pierre Chastain who in Pickens and Gilmer counties unroll their extensive family tree. Top researcher Dr. Allan Levey at Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center believes studying the Chastain family’s genetics could lead to breakthroughs in the field.

It was July 12, 1700 when the ship Mary and Ann of London arrived at the mouth of Virginia’s James River. On board were Pierre Chastain and other French Huguenot refugees who left Gravesend, England for the New World.

Chastain, one of the ship’s 207 passengers, organized the transcontinental journey – but along with those

refugees on the hunt for a new life in a new land, Chastain brought along a genetic makeup that could lead to breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research.

“The Chastain family bloodline defies anything,” said Dr. Allan Levey, director of Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “In terms of what we would consider a strong genetic trait, this family way beats the odds. I don’t know another family with such a high prevalence.”

via Chastain bloodline could hold key to Alzheimer’s research.
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Do you know of any CHASTAIN descendants?

Please, let them know about this article and health research project.
—- Cathy Ann Abernathy

The 67 counties of Alabama & order of formation – Alabama Pioneers

After the treaty of Cusseta, entered into March 24, 1832, all of the lands in east Alabama occupied ‘ by the Creek Indians were arranged into Benton, Talladega, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Russell, Macon and Barbour Counties.

via The 67 counties of Alabama & order of formation – Alabama Pioneers.

The 67 counties of Alabama & order of formation – Alabama Pioneers

The Creek cession, 1832, of conferring east Alabama, was organized by the establishment of Barbour. Benton, now Calhoun, Chambers, Coosa, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Talladega and Tallapoosa. Sumter County was formed 1832 from the Choctaw cession. Out of the Cherokee cession were made Cherokee, DeKalb and Marshall.

via The 67 counties of Alabama & order of formation – Alabama Pioneers.

Well-Known and Famous (Distant) Cousins

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AND, A Flashback collection from February 2014

Clinkscales Family Photos 2015

JSU photographer Opal Lovett, 91, remembered for jokes, stories – The Anniston Star: News

Opal Lovett’s images will long bear witness to the work he did as a photographer at Jacksonville State University, but his friends and family say they will remember him for attributes a camera couldn’t capture.

via JSU photographer Opal Lovett, 91, remembered for jokes, stories – The Anniston Star: News.

LINK: — RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: A tree of Life

A tree of Life

Entries: 1218666 Updated: 2013-06-23 23:17:21 UTC (Sun) Contact: David Buchroeder

via RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: A tree of Life.

LINK: — RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: Joel Hager’s Southern West Virginia Research

Joel Hager’s Southern West Virginia Research

via RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Joel Hager's Southern West Virginia Research.

2014 Winds Down

2014 – was a mix of everything that makes up this thing we call “LIFE”.

In some respects it has been a blur of activity; in others it seemed certain days/weeks dragged on forever.

Close kin had struggles during a good portion of the year; but later made great progress in things they had hope to accomplish.

If I am vague, forgive me. I want to share emotions, without revealing names of persons involved; since they prefer not to participate with Facebook, or other ‘social media’ — that is their choice, and I respect it.

[Now where was I going with this…?]

Oh, yes, a recap.

The early part of the year (January-March) was highlighted by me getting snowed in while I was staying with my mother, in Calcis…It took several days for the roads to clear; and I was very, very glad to get home to the farm, in Weaver.

Spring, Summer and Fall was spent doing ‘typical’ things — but with the condition that I would make frequent trips, staying several days with my mom; who was needing my help.

The best news I do have to share is that she has a new doctor; he has her on the road to feeling much better — she has lost 51 pounds since January; and hopes to lose even more weight in the coming months.

Other progress?

My brother, Mom and I are to a more ‘family’ place when we share time together in Calcis. Mom now has internet service, my brothers comes out to watch the evening news and “Wheel of Fortune” with mom.

He seems to be delighted when I come for a few days — I cook baked chicken and pork chops; he picks out a movie on NetFlix — and Mom gets comrftable in her recliner; and in about 10 minutes she’s snoozing while my brother and I are giggling at an animated film — or critiquing a new action flick…my brother behaves like he did when he and I were kids. When he is trully seems comfortable, he is stretched out on the floor in front of the television.

Mentioning the televions leads me to the other progress for the year. Which was prompted by nothing anything Mom or I did.

A local television station discontinued the local service/broadcast from the tower on Mount Cheaha — this left Mom with NO access to news, TV programs, or daily (weekngiht) dose of “Wheel of Fortune”.

“What am I going to do without my evening news?” – Was our prompt for action, Dave did research on Smart TVs. Mom found information about AT&T DSL internet service and made an appointment for the installer to bring the Modem/Router in.

Dave in the mean while, was also researching various external digital antennas — then one trip he consulted with my brother about some pipe from a previous antenna — they measured it, and it was plenty long enough for the new set-up.

Me? I helped Dave find the TV at WalMart, and set the antenna properly, as well as program the device…with a bit of fine-tuning, and re-scanning the channels available (lost count on this step, probably around a hundred plus, times).

And that was only half of the “technology upgrade” — My cousins had upgraded their iPad; and said Mom could use their older unit.

That’s been a huge step in communcations, and giving Mom and outlet for entertainment besides the television. She now is on her computer (iPad) sometimes for hours playing gmaes, checking emails, reading weather forcast and/or news — and she is delighted with how well, seamlessly the internet, TV and computer work together.

As for things around the farm, in Weaver — the spring and summer saw one of our ‘barn cats’ bring up 5 kittens; 1 black, two with orange-stripes, and two with grey-stripes.

The mother was/is a mulit-colored, long-hair, who we call “Cobweb” — actually this is Cobweb II — she is fiercely independent, and took the role of ‘queen cat’ away from “Bo”, a younger, adult female. Bo was mborn and raised here on the farm. Cobweb and Bo continue to argue as to is trully ‘queen cat'; but Bo has a better claim since she stays here year around…

Months slowly went by, the kittens sparred, and wriggled their way into our hearts. Then, the momma cat decided they should find homes somewhere nearby; but away from us.

After about 6-8 weeks of not seeing the kitten, one of the gray ones returned. He has two names (sometimes he answers to them) the first is more of a physical description “Spot”, and the second is for his personality, “Killer”. He is about half grown now, Maine-coon cat, with grey, and white broken stripes; resembling more a leopard, than a gray-stripped cat.

He is fearless!

He greets us everytime we come home while I unlocked the front gate; then dodges into the hedges and we try to park the truck.

The other 2 cats are jealous of him. Bo won’t have anything to do with him; “Sammi” the youngest female, is learning to play — she never really knew what playing was, until “Spot” started picking mock battles with her.

“Cobweb” has gone back to her routine, passing through our farm on her way to her other’ stops’ in the neighborhood. Guess we won’t see much of her, until spring rolls around again.

So, there are 3 barn cats waiting for us in the morning, and in the evening at their regular feeding times. Plus, Spot loves to sneak-attack, mock fight us — or anything else that moves, it seems like.

Pets inspire a lot of emotion(s) in people, this is their gift — unconditional love (or in the case of cats…endless demands for attention[‘grin’]).

Stress, stress relief with the aid of felines, bonding with family over food and movie night; these cover a lot of ground in the range which human emotions cover. But one more remains.

Another facet of life, is loss of friends or loved ones.

Everyone has lost someone, or several people during the past 12 months to death. Each loss still leaves pain, as it did the moment you heard about their death.

If it was a family members; the emotions run much deeper; and yet…there are certain friends who you may have known for several years or decades, that hold a ‘special spot’ in your heart and memory. Two such friends and talented musicians recently died — Larry “Jojo” Rickles, and Frank C. Lister.

I have much more I wish to say about each of the gentlemen; and that they were, gentlemen.

Yes, 2014 is just about gone.

And yet, things that have happened have not stopped affecting what will happen in 2015, and beyond.

I will sign off for the moment with this thought for the “New Year’s Eve” — “may the coming day be the best that it can be for you, even it does not turn out quite the way you expect to. -PEACE”

— Cathy Ann Abernathy


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