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Date posted: November 16, 2009

My first Technologies column appeared in the November issue of Automation World. The article, OPC UA: Interoperability Through Evolution, chronicles the changing face of OPC.

I'm currently doing research for upcoming Technologies columns for the magazine. In future issues, I'll cover such technologies as parallel programming and virtualization.

My work on Automation World's Automation Team department will explore such topics as the state of the automation profession and optimal equipment effectiveness in 2010.

Date posted: November 12, 2009

Automation World published my first monthly column in November for its Automation Team department. The article, Lean Six Sigma Balance for Process Improvement, has already received praise from the magazine's readership. One reader wrote:

"Timely and informative articles that provide an excellent perspective on what is new in the industry…I appreciate writers/columnists like Marty Weil."

I've been assigned to write the Automation Team department and the publication's Technologies department at least through February, 2010.




Date posted: November 3, 2009

On October 30, I won a Citizen Media Award at BlogAsheville annual charity event. My five-year-old ephemera blog, which has received nearly 500,000 page views, was voted The Most Under-Rated Blog based in Asheville.The votes were tabulated by the Mountain Xpress, the weekly independent news, arts, and events newspaper. The well-attended charity event was held in the Pump Gallery at the Phil Mechanic Building in the River Arts District.

The Citizen Media Awards, a benefit for Homeward Bound, is sponsored annually by BlogAsheville, a blog dedicated to news and happenings in Asheville. Over the years, my ephemera blog has won several awards, but this one means the most to me. It was recognition from my peers that what I'm doing here has value to the local community.

I want to thank everyone who voted for ephemera. I have been very fortunate to have made wonderful friends with many local bloggers and independent print and social media people. I'm truly blessed to be living in such a welcoming, vibrant community-loaded with tremendous talent and skill.