Jim’s WebLetter for 5/24/08

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

It’s been a week of getting back to task following our vacation … the first vacation I’ve ever taken that lasted more than a week. I have been spending time putting together the photos and videos and have been putting them up on my site http://www.jimonline.com/videos.shtml. I still have several to go. Using my little Flip Ultra, I was able to capture tour guides and scan large areas that I couldn’t do with just a photo.

So, what is happening on the Web this week? I’m glad you asked …

Scientists have discovered that interactive, virtual world games are better for young viewers than watching TV. This from a study in England with a game called Adventure Rock. The findings from research sponsored by the BBC, reveal that children between the ages of 6 and 12 took on roles in the game that included explorer, nurturer, and life system builder … all things needed in real life. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7415442.stm
Here’s the site for downloading the game:

Meanwhile, the movie industry is tripping over itself as one after the other, the big names come out weighing in for our attention. The number one box office draw after last week, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, has a website worth a visit with such menu items as interactive trailers and clips, a video game, widget and how to become a Narnian. Before going into the site, click on the bottom left side and register to win a trip to New Zealand and to the set of the next Narnia movie. http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/narnia/

Maybe it’s a desperate attempt to lure you away from using Google as your primary search engine, but Microsoft announced that it wants to “pay” you for using it’s search device. On the surface that sounds great: do a little searching, receive a check. It almost sounds like the bogus emails that used to go around about how Bill Gates was paying you to send an email to friends about Microsoft. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet has the story … http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1409

This week, Facebook turned one year old. The only reason why I’m bringing this up at all is because I have a Facebook page and check it from time to time. My kids have their own MySpace, but I don’t like MySpace because of all the “stuff” that’s been added to what was suppose to be an easy application. Lately Facebook has been getting press for a problem of Malware that can be easily passed between friends. http://tinyurl.com/3k5b89 Leave it up to the “black hat” people to mess up a good thing.
Now Facebook is becoming MySpace with more applications to choose from than AT&T has connections. Make no mistake, social networking is important. Networking is helpful for a number of issues including finding a job, getting ideas and opinions for planning upcoming events, and answers to puzzling questions. But trying to be the end-all for every MySpacer or Facebooker can only lead to problems with managing and providing protection for the end user. The question becomes, “do you know when to say ‘when’?” It appears that better quality control needs to be implemented.

Last thing … FREE SHIPPING. That makes online purchases so worth filling out the form and putting in your credit card number. Now a site called Free Shipping has codes for more than 700 popular online stores that provides shipping of items, you guessed it, for free. You’ll want to bookmark this address … http://www.freeshipping.org/

At the end of their first date, a young man takes his favorite girl home. Emboldened by the night, he decides to try for that important first kiss.
With an air of confidence, he leans with his hand against the wall and, smiling, he says to her, “Darling, how ’bout a goodnight kiss?”
Horrified, she replies, “Are you mad? My parents will see us!”
“Oh come on! Who’s gonna see us at this hour?”
“No, please. Can you imagine if we get caught?”
“Oh come on, there’s nobody around, they’re all sleeping!”
“No way. It’s just too risky!”
“Oh please, please, I like you so much!!”
“No, no, and no. I like you too, but I just can’t!”
“Oh yes you can. Please?”
“NO, no. I just can’t.”
Out of the blue, the porch light goes on, and the girl’s sister shows up in her pajamas, hair disheveled. In a sleepy voice the sister says: “Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss. Or I can do it. Or if need be, he’ll come down himself and do it. But for crying out loud tell him to take his hand off the intercom button!”
(thanks, Andrew)
Some metaphors written by students in high school English class….
– Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left New York at 6:36 PM traveling west at 55 mph, the other from Chicago at 4:19 PM traveling east at a speed of 35 mph.
– Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.
– She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
– It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.
(thanks, Henry)
Most people hate to parallel park. The other day, I saw this woman trying to get out of a tight parking space. She bumped the car in front, then backed up and hit the car behind her. This went on about two minutes.
I walked over to see if I could somehow help. My offer was declined. She said, “Why have bumpers if you’re not going to use them once in a while?”
(thanks, Mike)
And that’s the way the Web flowed this week, JWL readers. Thank you for your attentiveness and emails. Have a great weekend. Remembering Memorial Day on Monday we think of those who gave their lives so we might enjoy ours.

Til next weekend, God bless you and keep you safe. Troops, keep your head down and your eyes open.

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