Jim’s WebLetter for 3/15/08

Hi-ya friends and netneighbors!

It’s time to grab a beverage, get comfortable in your seat, grab the mouse and surf to the sound of your computer’s fan motor as we look at a few of the Web places I discovered this week, the second full week of March, on Jim’s WebLetter.

This month holds a special place in my heart as it was March of 1997 that I began writing this weekly WebLetter. A friend of mine, who is still a friend, suggested the name and together we came up with the slogan “discover the best of the web”. He called last month just to touch base with me. It’s amazing how fast time flies.

As many of you know, I spent 27 years in radio as a disc jockey “playing the hits til it hurts”. I got into the business because I love music. I’ve been out of the radio business 8 years now, but I still love music. So it was great finding a new site that allows me to revisit some of the classics that I liked playing on the air. On Musicovery, you’ll find what looks like an mp3 player, except you can tune this online jukebox to virtually every decade and genre of music you can think of. You can also select the mood you’re in at the time and the player will automatically give you songs to match your state of mind. In addition, when you click on a song it creates sort of a web, and gives you links to other songs based on your preferences. http://musicovery.com/

If there’s one observation I have to say the Web has become, it’s “all about video”. Broadband speeds allow the viewer to watch videos of just about everything. So it’s fitting that the encyclopedia gets a 21st century update with a site called Wonder No More. Ever wonder how to do something? Check out the site for a library of instructional how-to videos. You can learn anything from how to change a baby’s diapers to how to milk a cow. One I discovered that was particularly clever was “how to sleeve face” using record album covers. http://wonderhowto.com/

Another aspect of the Net has to be the socializing sites that have cropped up over the years. Myspace and Facebook, leading the pack. This week, it was revealed that Facebook will be releasing it’s own instant messenger program within it’s community improving the member’s communication between friends. http://tinyurl.com/36raq7

Because I’ve been writing this WebLetter for 11 years now, I think of sites I reviewed years ago and wonder how they’re doing today. One such site was Yahooligans. Now it’s best known as Yahoo! Kids. Their mission statement reads, “Yahoo! Kids is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids. Each site has been carefully checked by an experienced educator to ensure the content and links are appropriate for kids aged 7-12. In addition to our directory, we also have a number of fun features, including Yahoo! Kids Games, Sports, and News pages, Movies, Animals, Science, and Dinosaurs, a Reference section, Parents’ and Teachers’ Guides, a Cool page, and lots more.” I gotta say, this is one fun place to explore for the kid in all of us … http://kids.yahoo.com/

March has several significant dates within the month. Sunday is Palm Sunday. Monday is St. Patrick’s Day. The first day of Spring is on Thursday. Good Friday is the next day. And the following Sunday is Easter. My church will again hold a sunrise service at the beach (Peter’s Point) that morning at 7:15. If you are in the area and are able, you should come. Sunrises at the beach are magnificent.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
War Dims Hope for Peace
If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
And the winner is….
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
(thanks, Scott)
Ron was in trouble.
He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him, “tomorrow morning I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in less then 6 seconds!! AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!”
The next morning Ron got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.
Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, and brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Ron has been missing since Friday. Please pray for him.
(thanks, Ralph)
Sandy began a job as an elementary school counselor and she was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids enjoyed a game of soccer at the other.
Sandy approached and asked if she was all right. The girl said she was.
A little while later, however, Sandy noticed the girl was in the same spot, still by herself.
Approaching again, Sandy offered, “Would you like me to be your friend?”
The girl hesitated, then said, “Okay,” looking at the woman suspiciously. Feeling she was making progress, Sandy then asked, “Why are you standing here all alone?”
“Because,” the little girl said with great exasperation, “I’m the goalie!”
(thanks, Lauren)
Ever Wondered Why …
– We will work hard on a farm so we can move into town where we can make more money so we can move back to the farm.
– In the office we talk about baseball, shopping or fishing, but when we are out at the game, the mall or on the lake, we talk about business.
– We’re the country that has more food to eat than any other country in the world and more diets to keep us from eating it.
– We’re supposed to be the most civilized Christian nation on earth, but we still can’t deliver payrolls without an armored car.
– We have more experts on marriage than any other country in the world and still have more divorces.
(thanks, dad)
And that’s this week’s worth of wanderings on the World Wide Web, fwiends! Have a great weekend, and as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
Discover the Best of the Web
Fernandina Living


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