It’s the weekend and the opening of the Summer Olympics in China. Did you see the playback last night of the Opening Ceremonies? In a word, fabulous. No matter how you feel about the world games, one thing is certain … online coverage has really expanded from two years ago when the Winter Olympics where held in Italy, with sites from all over the world showing photos, video clips and on many sites, live coverage. Two sites of note: The Canadian site … http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/livevideo/ and NBC’s site … http://www.nbcolympics.com/ To watch live, you’ll need to download Microsoft’s Silverlight software. And to compete in the Olympics from home, visit the Official site of the Olympic Committee where an online game is hosted (located at the bottom of the page). Compete in Archery, Weightlifting or Diving. http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/beijing/sega/segaMiniGame_uk.asp
As an offshoot of the Olympic attention, ChinesePod, a popular podcast to help people learn the Mandarin Chinese language, is offering special lessons to teach Olympic terminology for this year’s games. http://chinesepod.com/olympics/
Following the FCC’s ruling on Comcast, InfoWorld’s Ephraim Schwartz wrote a column entitled “Net access in the wake of FCC vs. Comcast” in which he basically says that we might have won round one, but the match isn’t over until the bell rings. Not that Comcast will appeal the decision, but simply change the rules of the game. It bears watching as this could very well set the standard for what all internet access companies will follow.
After the federal government had sent a questionnaire to 30 leading internet companies about their user database as a means of targeting advertising, Yahoo announced this week that by the end of the month, you can opt-out of said targeting. Imagine that. It’s reported that Google will make a similar announcement soon.
Here’s a useful bookmark for travelers who rent vehicles in their new destinations. Kayak.com has a new feature that calculates fuel costs to car models and the cities in which they are rented. With this new calculator, you can determine which is the best vehicle for your needs. Quoting from Kayak.com co-founder Paul English, “We’re trying to educate the consumer. If they want a high-mileage car, we’re making it easy to calculate the true cost.” http://www.kayak.com/
Want to see something not seen before? A camera set to the slowest video speed possible captured a lightening bolt form and strike the earth. Truly amazing video … http://tinyurl.com/lighteninginslowmotion
After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here’s the final word on nutrition and health:
1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
But don’t worry; your Government is trying to correct this problem!
A teacher was reprimanding a teenager in the hall. “Do you mind telling me whose class you’re cutting this time?”
“Like,” the young teen replied, “uh, see, okay, like it’s like I really don’t like think like that’s really important, y’know, like because I’m y’know, like I don’t like get anything out of it.”
“It’s English class, isn’t it?” replied the smiling teacher.
After booking my 90-year-old mother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, I called the airline to go over her needs. The woman representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair and an attendant for my mother because of her arthritis and impaired vision. I also asked for a special meal and assistance in changing planes.
My apprehension lightened a bit when the woman assured me everything would be taken care of. I thanked her profusely.
“Why, you’re welcome,” she replied. I was about to hang up when she cheerfully asked, “And will your mother be needing a rental car?”
When my wife and I showed up at a very popular restaurant, it was crowded. She went up to the hostess and asked, “Will it be long?”
The hostess, ignoring her, kept writing in her book. My wife again asked, “How much of a wait?”
The woman looked up. “About ten minutes.”
A short time later we heard an announcement over the loudspeaker: “Willette B. Long, your table is ready.”
I have to remember to use that name the next time I have to wait in a restuarant, just to see if anyone notices.
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Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.
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