Jim’s WebLetter for 12/22/07

Jim’s WebLetter
(Now blogged at https://jimonline.wordpress.com)
Hi-ya Webfriends!
It’s the last shopping weekend before Christmas and it’s being reported that it will likely be the busiest with last-minute gift buying. For us, it’s a time of reunion with family and church on Sunday. I hope you make it a good one wherever you are.
Today’s JWL includes some newsworthy things I came across this week including Santa tracking, a non-profit that helps teachers, a site for missing gloves, food (where would we be without it?) and some software you may want to download. So, ready set click!
Even though fewer people are flying to their Christmas destinations this year, the airline industry is reporting heavy traffic and flight delays. Of course, I think they would have delays even if NO ONE flew. It just seems to be the sign of the times. After Jet Blue announced how it was featuring internet and email on it’s US flights, Air France has become the first airline to offer international passengers e-mail and text-messaging service that’s based on standard. http://tinyurl.com/2q2mav
Speaking of flying, in a few short days the “jolly old elf” will be making his rounds. The internet has continued to improve it’s ability to provide Santa tracking on his big night. Among the best-known Web sites include NORAD Tracks Santa … http://www.noradsanta.org/ Google Earth’s Santa Tracker that lets you virtually fly with Santa … http://earth.google.com/santa/ Santa’s Office showing us what the Big Guy does all day … http://www.santaclauslive.com/ And Santa Television with ultra good reception in Lapland (and no rabbit ears!) … http://www.santatelevision.com/
I was watching the program 20/20 last night which featured a story about a site called DonorsChoose.org which provides a platform for teachers to tell of their classroom needs, and for donors to help with providing for those needs. Their slogan is simple … teachers ask, you choose, students learn. Just today there is a request for educational media support in a classroom in East Haven, Vermont. The teacher says that having a DVD player and writeable DVDs, “will allow us to do many projects.” Cost? $95. The organization sets up a go-between to handle the funds and making sure they get to the teacher requesting them. There is a fulfillment fee but it is based on the school’s poverty level. Get all the details on the Website …
These days, Websites can be created for any reason and find a margin of success. Take for instance the site One Cold Hand. This was a site created by a college student in Pittsburgh who wanted to do nothing more then help people find their missing glove they dropped in the city. Now Jennifer Gooch’s site is getting recognition in the New York Times and she is looking to expand on the idea. To date she’s matched four gloves with their owners. http://www.onecoldhand.com
What foods go well with what foods? Have you ever pondered that question? The fact is that some foods simply go better with certain other foods. Sure some are obvious, like meat and potatoes. But what about salmon and cauliflower? This site gives details on foods and how they work together to make eating more enjoyable. http://www.foodpairing.be/
Here’s a free software program that puts several of Windows’ options in one place. You can use it to inspect startup processes, background programs, browser toolbars and cookies. But it is more than simply a convenience. The program can be set to periodically check for new or altered files and programs. You can set how often it checks for additions to background programs. You can disable suspicious entries and mark them for removal. WinPatrol can delete unwelcome programs at startup, before they can defend themselves. The free version of WinPatrol does not identify particular spyware threats. So it’s important to use it alongside other anti-spyware programs. http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html

Christmas Jokes Told By Children

Q: What do elves learn in school?
A: The Elf-abet!
Q: If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get?
A: Missletoe!
Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
A: Frostbite.
Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?
A: Because he had low elf esteem.
Q: How does Al Gore’s household keep Christmas politically correct?
A: On Christmas morning, they give the presents to the tree.
Q: What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time?
A: Sandy Claus!
Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish.
Q: What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus?
A: Crisp Cringle.
Q: What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve?
A: Okay everyone, sack time!!
Q: Why did the elf push his bed into the fireplace?
A: He wanted to sleep like a log.
Q: Why did Santa spell Christmas N-O-E?
A: Because the angel had said, “No L!”
Q: What goes Ho, Ho, Swoosh, Ho, Ho, Swoosh?
A: Santa caught in a revolving door!
Q: Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A: Because it ” soots ” him!
Q: Did you hear that one of Santa’s reindeer now works for Proctor and Gambel?
A: Its true . . . Comet cleans sinks!
Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
A: Claustrophobic.
Q: Why is Christmas just like a day at the office?
A: You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.
Q: What’s a good holiday tip?
A: Never catch snowflakes with your tongue until all the birds have gone south for the winter.
(thanks, Paul)
The contest was simple: Which department in the hospital where I worked as a nurse could create the best Christmas decorations? While they didn’t win first prize, the members of the proctology department did receive high honors with their distinctive sign, “Christmas is a good time to look up old friends.”
(thanks, Pat … I think)
“Do you know the present value of your husband’s policy?” the life insurance salesman asked his client.
“What do you mean?” countered the woman.
“If you should lose your husband, what would you get?” asked the salesman.
The woman thought a minute, then brightened up and said, “Probably a poodle.”
(thanks Ralph)
Of course, the real reason for Christmas is Christ … the one who came to give us salvation that is not just for a season, but forever. Thank you for your time. Have a great Christmas and prepare for a Happy New Year. Til next time, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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