Jim’s WebLetter for 4/26/08

Hi-ya Friends and Netneighbors!

A special “hi-ya” to new subscribers to JWL this week. Thank you for adding your name to the list of worldwide readers.

It’s “preparation weekend” on the Island as we countdown the final few days to the 45th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival which begins this Thursday afternoon with the ever popular Pirate Parade down Centre Street in Fernandina Beach. Although the parade begins at about 6, most folks are assembling by 4:30 or 5 p.m. because they want to get a good place to watch. I’ll be down at my favorite spot, shaded by the trees and parked with camera on tripod to film the whole thing for the Shrimp Festival website. This year we have something new … Web cams will be stationed on buildings all along the street for online viewing, so if you can’t make it, you can tune in to see and hear the festivities all weekend.

In addition, we have worked an agreement with First Coast News (TV channels 12 & 25) to have a “Shrimp Cam” behind their booth on Centre and 5th Streets for Festival goers to phone home and show their friends and family where they are. Plus Web cams will be directional, so you can take controls and move cameras stationed at the concert stage and building tops to see and hear all the action. For more information, do what everyone else is doing … visit the Website at http://www.shrimpfestival.com.

Here are a few things I discovered on the Web this week …

The battle going on between Microsoft and Yahoo continues to rage. MS wants Yahoo for a reported $46 billion, meanwhile Yahoo says it’s not enough. In the latest report from the BBC, Microsoft’s profits are off in the first quarter of the year, while Yahoo’s is up. So the question is, “is Yahoo right?”. Google is sitting back watching this one from the sidelines. Meanwhile, the rumor is around that Ebay may sell Skype, the online phone provider, to Google. Here’s the BBC story … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7366106.stm

Meanwhile, Yahoo has begun re-engineering it’s site to become more social. BBC News reported that the site will link together all it’s features, either self created or my aquisitions, into one main host. Sort of a Myspace meets Facebook meets developers dream. No date is set for that release. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7366674.stm

How many fantasy sports folks do we have here? The answer is, several and it’s growing. The guy who founded CBS Sportsline, Mike Levy, has announced his newest venture … Open Sports Network. The site is being built but is states that it aspires to be a sports-oriented social network featuring betting-enabled fantasy sports games, rich news content, and perhaps most importantly, a game platform. http://opensports.com/

When’s the last time you had to ship a package? Like you, whenever we have to ship, we end up going to the Post Office and pay their fee. Yes, I know there is UPS and a host of others, but, we give in and let the Postal people handle it. Well that just changed as we now have options. I want the best price and guarantee when shipping, so now we use RedRoller. We begin by entering the origin, destination and package size/weight. Then, click Compare Rates. The rates offered by a variety of carriers comes up. We pick the one that suits our needs. Then, print up a shipping label and schedule a pickup. Or, you can simply find the nearest drop-off locations. Yea, this takes the hassle out of shipping packages. Here’s the quick link … https://www.redroller.com/shippingcenter/home/

Finally, imagine a harmonica player playing Carnegie Hall and bringing the house down. In this video Buddy Greene, who is featured with the Gaither Vocal Band and the “Gaither and Friends” series, shows is classical abilities. While the quality of the picture isn’t the best, the sound is and you won’t believe your ears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SlukDf4k8E

A love story of Ralph and Edna. Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she
Immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays a sound
mindedness. The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’
Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?’
(thanks, Rich)
My nursing colleague was preparing an intravenous line for a 15 year-old male patient. The bedside phone rang and the boy’s mother reached over to pick it up.
After talking for a few minutes, the mother held the phone aside and said, “Your father wants to know if you have any cute nurses.”
The boy gazed at the nurse, who had the needle poised above his arm, ready for insertion. “Tell him,” he replied, “they’re absolutely gorgeous!”
(thanks, Brenda)
“If you can read this, my wife fell off!” (Seen on the back of a biker’s vest.)
“If you lived in your car, you’d be home by now”
“WARNING! Driver only carries $20.00 in ammunition”
“He’s not dead, He’s electro-encephalographically challenged”
“We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart?”
(thanks, John)
I heard this one again the other day ….
What do you get when you cross a dyslexic with an agnostic and an insomniac?
A person who stays awake at night wondering if there really is a dog.
And that’s this week’s collection of sites and stuff for your Web-viewing pleasure. Thanks for your time. As a note to all, next weekend is Shrimp Festival and I won’t have time to write a WebLetter as I will be in the midst of all the action. Following the Festival, my wife and I are taking a much needed vacation and will be visiting towns and landmarks in Ireland. We are due to return on May 16th, so the next WebLetter will be published on the 17th.

Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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