Jim’s WebLetter for 12/1/07

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya Webfriends! I was going to write an after-Thanksgiving WebLetter, but I didn’t see it coming … I was blind-sided by the respitory virus going around. It has flu-like symptoms and makes you feel like you could die to feel better. I came down with it Thanksgiving day and finally could get back on my feet Tuesday. When I visited the doctor’s office I was told they had seen a lot of cases like mine. So for 10 days I am taking antibiotics along with a few other aids to help feel better. If you’ve had this stuff, at least now you can feel like you’ve had your innoculation because you will likely not get it again.

So now that I’m back on the Web, let me show you a few things I discovered this week.

The Web has always been a method of sharing, whether it’s pictures or one’s thoughts. Over the years, the size of files has grown, largely because of video capturing and digital camera pixel size. Even though email systems like Gmail and Yahoo! have improved their per-file capacity, sending and receiving files larger than 20 megs has it’s limitations. That’s where sites like FileUrls come in. Share large files easily over the web and without providing any personal information. Just upload your file and get a unique URL for it. You can then send that URL to others so that they can download your files within a certain time frame. http://fileurls.com/

Using the Web also means exercising your brain. Studies show that the older we get, the more we work our brains, the longer they work for us. There are online puzzles, to be sure, but how about building your own city? Stackopolis allows you to follow the building plans offered and before you know it, you’re creating a city online. By using your mouse as your master control, you move along creating building blocks. Lest you think this is an easy chore, the puzzle requires precise measurements and you are on a time factor. Check out the instructions before beginning and … good luck.

I have praised the Google Map system in the past. It’s forward thinking, easy-to-use properties mean finding the place you search for, no matter where it is in the world. Well, working behind the scenes, Live.com (powered by Microsoft) has quietly been working it’s way up in the popular search circles. Here is an easy to use site that allows you to find the location quickly and efficiently, without the ads and eye grabbing extras. http://maps.live.com/?FORM=MICA01&rtp=~

This year, you’ll be able to track Santa on Google Maps as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve. Through a partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has been in the spirit of helping kids track Santa for 52 years now, you’ll now have additional ways in which to track Santa using a handful of Google tools. This includes Google Maps, Google Earth, iGoogle and YouTube. And starting today, you’ll get to join in on the countdown, where NORAD will host kid-friendly games and activities every day until Christmas Eve. Beginning at 1 am PST on December 24, you’ll be able to track Santa in real time. You’ll need to download a special Santa Tracking file for an enhanced 3D Santa-tracking experience for Christmas Eve, but the regular iGoogle gadget for NORAD’s Santa-tracking efforts can be downloaded for Google Earth at any time. http://www.noradsanta.org/

While visiting a VA hospital with my son, I overheard a retired Army sergeant asking people which branch of the military they’d served in. Some said Army, a few Navy, others Air Force.
“What were you in?” she asked a man who’d just entered the room.
Confused, he mumbled, “The bathroom.”
(thanks, Connie)
The day I immigrated to the United States, I was given an alien ID card that featured a cute photo of me at age 15. Years later, when I went to the courthouse to become a citizen, a clerk confiscated my card. “What will you do with it?” my wife asked.
“We burn it” was the answer.
“Could you please cut the photo off and let us keep it?” asked my wife.
“Certainly not,” said the clerk. “This card is official U.S. government property. As such it cannot be mutilated before it’s destroyed.”
(thanks, Hector)
Our surname, Stead, rhymes with bed, but people often say steed, like the horse. One day a business associate of mine came over to the house and was greeted by my mother.
“Is Mr. Steed in?” the woman asked.
“He’s Stead,” my mother snapped.
“Oh, no,” the woman gasped. “I was talking to him only yesterday.”
(thanks, Betty)
Doctor Bloom, who was known for miraculous cures for arthritis. had a waiting room full of people when a little old lady, completely bent over in half, shuffled in slowly, leaning on her cane. When her turn came, she went into the doctor’s office and amazingly emerged within half an hour walking completely erect with her head held high.
A woman in the waiting room who had seen all this walked up to the little old lady and said, “It’s a miracle! You walked in bent in half and now you’re walking erect. What did that doctor do?”
She answered, “Miracle, shmiricle. He gave me a longer cane.”
(thanks, Joe)
Well, that’s this week’s list of sites to see and jokes to pass along from readers like you. Thanks for your time and until next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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