Jim’s WebLetter for 8/2/08

Hi-ya Webfriends!

It’s the first weekend in August and no hurricanes in sight.  This year has sure been a wetter one.  The weather reporters are saying we’re now in a surplus of water … the first time in years.  El Nino is back (can you tell?).

In a case of, “where have you been all this time”, seems a Congressional committee has sent letters to more than 30 Internet companies demanding to know whether they track where their users go online and use that information to deliver personalized advertising.  The question now is, “who DOESN’T track where users go for the purpose of advertising?”, because Google perfected it, and Yahoo and all the rest use it.  Should be interesting to see what our lawmakers do with the responses.  http://tinyurl.com/trackingwhereyougo

Meanwhile, the FCC has upheld it’s complaint againt Comcast for blocking the use of certain software to access large files, like video files, by certain customers.  Comcast says a few customers have used excessive amounts of bandwidth and the government says, it’s the customer’s right to do so.  http://tinyurl.com/fcc-vs-comcast

So much has been said and directed to video lately, that it might be a good idea to look at some places that still involve READING.  I use the full caps on that word because we are finding ourselves more and more as viewers instead of readers.  There are a couple of sites you should see, err … that is, you should read.  So take note …

Mygazines is an online storehouse for hundreds of popular magazines.  Visit the site, sign up for free, then pick the magazine you want to read.  When you click on it, a page opens up with a larger version.  Then click the pages to “turn” them and view the entire magazine.  Features include zoom in for closer reading, and “grabbing” the page to scroll down. Categories of magazines vary from Arts & Culture to Hobbies and Crafts, Sports to Travel.  It kinda negates the need for subscribing to the “hand-held” version, ya know?  http://www.mygazines.com/

In addition, a new site dubbing itself as the “Youtube of documents”, Scribd allows you to publish yourself online, and read what others have uploaded.  Select from the Library of documents on such topics as poetry, essays, legal documents and school work.  Scribd claims more than 17 million people a month are viewing documents.  With free unlimited storage, the ability to publish and share, and embed the document anywhere (like in blogs and newsletters), this site is a definite bookmark.  http://www.scribd.com/

Now, imagine combining the functionality of your favorite search engine with the ease of your favorite music player.  A brand new Web site lets you do just that. Mixturtle.com lets you type in your favorite band and before you know it, all your favorite songs appear. And the best part, you can click on the link and play the MP3 song from the same page. Create an account and save all your favorites in one place.  My only reservation to the site is that the image of the turtle is a bit “dodgy”.  http://mixturtle.com/

With improvements in technology comes the need to wire all this stuff together.  How would you like to plug your computer into your TV and watch what you surf?  Or maybe, how does that new DVR work with your TV?  All this and more is easily worked out for you with a site called “Wirewize”.  This free audio-visual Web site takes most of the guesswork out of hooking together your television, DVD player, stereo speakers and other gear. After a free sign-up, enter in the model and make of each component, and Wirewize will offer up which cables are needed, and diagram how they should run.  http://wirewize.com/

Q: What do you call a lazy bison?
A: a buffa-loafer
(thanks Kelly & Rich)
One day, finding a wasp had entered the house, a wife shouted to her husband, “There’s a wasp in here. Do we have any spray?”
He told her there was a can under the sink.
“Honey,” she called. “This is ant and roach spray.”
“Well,” her husband replied, “don’t show him the label.”
(thanks, Tony)

– My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
‘If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.’
– My mother taught me RELIGION.’
‘You better pray that will come out of the carpet.’
– My mother taught me LOGIC.
‘If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.’
– My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
‘Shut your mouth and eat your supper.’
– My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
‘Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!’
– My mother taught me about WEATHER.
‘This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.’
– My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
‘Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?’
– My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
‘One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!’
(thanks, Howard)
WARNING LABELS – Actual labels found on products.

On a Korean kitchen knife:  “Warning: keep out of children.”
On Nytol (a sleep aid):  “Warning: may cause drowsiness.”
On a Japanese food processor:  “Not to be used for the other use.”
On a Swedish chainsaw:  “Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.”
On a baby stroller:  “Remove child before folding.”
I hope you enjoyed some of the humor as much as I did receiving it.  The one about mother teaching Contortionism had me laughing so hard it was tough catching my breath.  I love visual humor.

And that’s this week’s collection of sites and smiles, friends.  Thanks for your time.  Next weekend, look for another WebLetter to appear in your email box and online in the Jim’s WebLetter blog.   Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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