Kenney (Ken) Myers is first and foremost a Christian, a father of 3 amazing kids, and a husband of an amazing woman (Jolene).
Ken is also an Executive with over 15 years of experience leading companies serving as CFO, CTO, COO, and CEO of several successful business ventures including WhiteFence, CollegeDegrees, CMN, eNannySource, GoNannies, and Morningside Nannies.
WHAT I DO
I am very active in the care industry this includes childcare, senior care, pet care, and other types of in-home care services. In addition to running multiple websites and businesses in this industry I also participate in various coalitions and organizational boards.
WHAT I KEN
Just for fun I like to create lists of Kens that have existed over time. I’m not exactly sure why. Of course, they may be commonly referred to as Ken, Kenny, or Kenneth. There are very few out there like me that go by Kenney which I give all the credit to my parents for making it unique.
WHAT I WRITE
I have been writing poetry for years. Actually, ever since I can remember I have enjoyed expressing myself via prose. From co-writing our high school fight song with my father, to rapping through the halls, and now just expressing my thoughts… It’s a great creative outlet for me.
WHAT I AM
I was born into a very strong Christian family. My father is a Presbyterian minister and I can’t thank both him and my mother enough for raising us to be strong believers. This is a huge part of who I am and who I strive to be as a father, husband, leader, and person in general.
Drawings & Videos // This section shows off some of what I do in my spare time from cartoon drawings, caricatures, and various videos including my favorite stop motion iPhone videos.
I will also do my best to represent some of the projects that I am working on through screenshots and photos.
About this Blog // You will find a wide variety of content on my blog. Some of which was mentioned above and other of which will be simply random subjects that catch my attention from time-to-time. I thoroughly enjoy reading and writing on a wide variety of subjects so you never know what might pop up on my blog. Please subscribe to my feed!
Whether in reality or fiction, the Kens of the world have had a long and illustrious association with military service. The ten Kens on this list have risen through the ranks of the sea, air and land forces to protect the world from tyranny wherever it rears its head, be it in real life or on the silver screen.
Ken Curtis – Better known as popular deputy Festus Haggen from the hit show Gunsmoke, Ken Curtis has a number of associations with the armed forces throughout his acting career. On Curtis’ own record, “Gunsmoke’s Festus Haggen Calls out Ken Curtis,” he alludes to Haggen’s history as a confederate soldier. Other military roles for Ken include The Horse Soldiers, as Cpl Wilkie, and a part in The Wings of Eagles, where he played the real life navy Admiral, John Dale Price.
Kenneth M. Taylor – This decorated military man is a recipient of both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his part in shooting down four Japanese dive bombers during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1970, Taylor was again honored for his heroics in the successful Hollywood depiction of Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora! In 2006, Ken – a great American hero – sadly passed away from hernia complications.
Kenneth O’Donnell – After serving three years in the US Army Air Corps, Kenneth O’Donnell took his first steps towards a high level political career when he met Robert Kennedy during his time studying at Harvard. The two men were roommates, which led to a lifelong friendship and political allegiance. Kenneth became a close aide to both Robert and John F. Kennedy, and served as Lyndon Johnson’s Presidential Aide between 1963 and 1965.
Ken Hicks – One of the most successful CEO’s in American retail history, Ken Hicks attributes much of his success to his time spent in post-Vietnam military service. Hicks has held roles as both the CEO of Foot Locker and the president and chief merchandising officer of J.C. Penney. In an interview referring to his experience in the army, Ken is quoted as saying, “So I learned that you’re very dependent on your people to be their best. You train and develop and motivate them.”
Kenneth Lay – The infamous Enron Business executive, who was found guilty on six counts of conspiracy and fraud in 2006, was once a proud military man, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971. Unfortunately, Lay’s military service was marred by the Enron collapse, which cost 20,000 employees their jobs and investors billions in cash losses.
Ken Summers – The pride of the Canadian Naval Forces, Ken Summers played a number of pivotal roles throughout the Gulf War. He is the only Canadian admiral to command a “total” national contingent in war by directing both land and air forces in the Middle East during the Gulf War. These achievements alone are enough to cement Ken Summers’ place as one of the world’s most decorated military leaders.
Kenneth Ahrens – Kenneth Ahrens is one of around 35 soldiers who survived the Malmédy Massacre, a war crime that took place on December 17, 1944 during the battle of the Bulge. 85 U.S. soldiers were cut down by the German SS after they had already surrendered. After the war, Ahren provided important evidence in the trial, which helped lead to the capture and conviction of a number of German war criminals.
Ken Norton – One of the few and perhaps most unlikely men to defeat the great Muhammad Ali in the ring, Ken Norton learned to box during his military career. Norton broke Ali’s jaw in the second round of their first fight, before eventually winning a decision in the bout. The two men went on to fight twice more, with Ali winning narrow decisions in both rematches.
Ken Berry – The army practically ushered Ken Berry into a successful television career when his sergeant announced a talent contest on base. Berry, with tap shoes in hand, won the competition without breaking a sweat, and later went on to star alongside Andy Griffith in F Troop and The Andy Griffith Show spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D. Berry is renowned as being a multi-talented performer, listing dancing, singing and acting in his repertoire of skills.
Ken Jenkins – Before playing Doctor Bob Kelso on popular sit-com “Scrubs,” Ken made a bit of a trademark playing the role of military men. Some of his noted performances include General Kubrick in Five Minutes to Midnight, Admiral Pollack in The Sum of All Fears, and NSA Agent Moore in Clockstoppers.
Keeping your coffee hot enough to drink can be a difficult thing to do when you’re constantly on the run. Some tricks might keep your coffee warm but tend to make it bitter, while others just don’t seem to work at all. Here are some of the more creative ways to keep your coffee hot, especially for those of you who are drinking it on the go.
Look for a Pump-Top Thermos – If you drink several cups of coffee a day but don’t have access to a coffee maker at work or on the road, consider a pump-top thermos. These contraptions are the bigger thermoses that hotels often use to keep coffee warm on tables during meetings and other long events. The coffee stays piping hot for a few hours at a time, and can hold enough java to keep even the most dedicated drinker satisfied.
Invest in a Thermal Cup or Mug – This may be a more traditional way to stave off the chill when it comes to your brew, but it is a tried and true way to keep your coffee warm enough to drink for a few hours longer than it would in a regular cup. You can find these insulated travel cups in a variety of decorative themes and styles, so you’re sure to find one that perfectly complements your personal style.
Put a Cozy on Your Cup – Coffee shops pass out those little cardboard sleeves to keep your hands from burning after coming into contact with a thin paper cup filled with boiling brew, but they’re also handy little insulators. If you want to mimic this effect without sending more cardboard through a recycling facility, why not whip up a few of your own with felt, fabric or by knitting a functional and funky cup cozy?
Spring For Over-sized Metal Coffee Beans – Designed to look like over-sized coffee beans that keep your morning cup of joe piping hot, jumbo metal coffee beans are a fun and effective way of avoiding cold coffee.
Reheat in the Microwave – Sometimes all of your efforts to keep your coffee warm will come to naught. In such cases, the microwave is your best friend. If you’re on the road, you can often stop at a gas station with a microwave and reheat your coffee. Just don’t put it in for too long, or you’ll regret it. You don’t want to have to wait an hour before you can drink your coffee because you overheated it!
Keep a Hot Plate On Hand – A hot plate is a viable option, but you’ll want to be careful because it often makes the coffee a little too hot. Be aware of the possibility of burns. Also, you don’t want to leave the hot plate on when you are not in the room, as it can be a dangerous situation. Never put a metal mug on a hot plate. This can burn your skin upon touch.
Wrap Your Cup in a Scarf – If you’re really in a pinch on a cold day, take your scarf and wrap it around your coffee mug or thermos to give it a little extra insulation. If you don’t have a scarf handy, you can use almost anything with layers of fabric. The more layers you have, the warmer the coffee will stay.
Put Your Heated Seat to Work – If you have heated seats in your car and your coffee is getting a little on the cool side, put the seat on the highest setting and set your coffee mug on it, carefully. It probably will not be able to reheat your coffee if it’s gotten cold, but it should keep it drinkable and warm.
Make Your Heating Pad Do Double Duty – When you’re traveling a lot, it’s not uncommon to suffer from back pain as a result of spending too much time in the car. So why not utilize that back warming pad in more ways than one? When it’s not being used to soothe your aching back, wrap it around your coffee mug to keep your coffee tasty and hot.
Use a Candle Warmer – If you don’t have a hot plate handy, a candle warmer can do the trick just as well. Place the cup on the warmer, as long as the cup you’re using isn’t a plastic or synthetic material that’s prone to melting. In no time, your coffee will be warm once again. As with any open coil appliance, do not leave the candle warmer unattended.
The way you heat your coffee will depend on how long you want it to stay warm. No matter which way you choose, your coffee can stay drinkable while you’re on the run if you’re prepared.
Without the genius and innovation of the world’s inventors, life on Earth would probably still be stuck in the dark ages. Some inventions have saved lives, others changed the scope of technology and design and others still were just plain fun. No matter what the invention, the work that these great men and women put into their creations deserves praise and recognition. All ten of the inventors on this list are named Ken, and each one has changed the world to some degree with their incredible products and inventions.
Ken Richardson – This inventor holds the honor of being a famous fighter of fungus, with the development of fluconazole. While it may not sound like much, Ken Richardson’s work on the prevention of fungal infections has saved lives. Fluconazole has been used in the treatment of transplants, AIDs and burn patients. The discovery of fluconazole is considered the most significant advancement in the fight against fungal infections to this day.
Ken Olsen – Olsen is perhaps most famous for his work on coincident current systems, a component of computer memory which makes it smaller. His work was instrumental in the development of core memory models, which can retain memory without the need of power. Ken Olsen’s work revolutionized how computers and processors were designed, making him a significant figure in the industry.
Kenneth E. Manchester– By developing ion implantation, Kenneth E. Manchester changed the way all electronic devices were created. His invention allowed for the first Effect Transistor with Controlled Threshold Voltage, which is used in all integrated circuits today. Kenneth received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1955, before going on to work on ion implantation in 1962.
Ken Ahroni – This is the invention that just keeps on giving. Ken Ahroni had a wish, but he had run out of Turkey wishbones. Lucky Break Wishbones are just like the real thing; they look the same, break the same and have the same chance of actually making your wish come true. Besides which, they’re a fun novelty idea for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties.
Ken Butler – Some of Ken Butler’s best inventions are yet to be realized. The crafter of hybrid instruments is world famous for turning every day, household items into playable instruments. Ken began his labor of love with hybrid instruments in 1978, when he created a hatchet violin by adding a adding a fingerboard, tailpiece, tuning pegs and bridge to an ordinary hatchet.
Ken Thompson – The UNIX operating system is regarded as one of the best operating systems ever conceived, and it is all thanks to the work of Ken Thompson. The system was developed in 1969, the same year that man went to the moon. Thompson was also the creator of the game “Space Travel,” which is considered the first PC game and the precursor to the development of console game play.
Ken Hakuta – If you have ever had the pleasure of owning a “Wacky Wall Walker,” then you can thank Ken Kakuta. The toy, which usually took the shape of an Octopus or other creature, used a combination of gravity and adhesive suckers to walk down walls, providing hours of fun for kids in the 1980s. Ken Hakuta is also featured in the game “Trivial Pursuit” under the question; “Who is the inventor of the Wacky Wall Walker?”
Ken Tarlow – Ken Tarlow is a world renowned product developer, with over 400 products under his belt. Tarlow now lends his talents to the “Make Money Expo,” helping other would-be inventors get their products and patents off the ground. As well as creating his own inventions, Ken is the author of “Mind to Money,” a successful how-to guide for creating and launching a product from inception to sale.
Kenneth Dunkley– Everyone loves Three Dimensional Viewing Glasses, which is one reason why Kenneth Dunkley is a world famous and much loved inventor. Kenneth also lends his talents to the Museum of Scientific Discovery in Harrisburg, PA, where he delivers workshops on visual effects. Dunkley’s work is considered the most innovative advancement in 3D technology, which will only lead to further developments in the future. Kenneth Dunkley has literally changed the way that humans see the world around them.
Ken Howard – This inventor first made his name with the popular board-game, “The Parliament Game.” He has since gone on to develop over 700 products, ranging from games to television shows. Howard now acts as an expert consultant to other inventors and product developers who are looking to break into the industry.
Lastly, I promised that in the title that I (Ken Myers) would discuss my own inventions. I am listed as an inventor on a couple of patents with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The first invention was for an application with a GUI wizard and technology for using XSLT to transform text files from one format to another (from delimited to fixed length or XML to CSV, etc.). My second invention was a business method patent for selling a plurality of home services based upon a person’s address (see WhiteFence.com). These are both very meaningful to me and it was interesting to go through the process of filing and eventually earning the patents. My guess is that several of the inventors in the list above feel the same way.