Jim’s WebLetter for 10/11/08

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to get to the weekend … mainly because the stock market is closed. Watch the markets plunge like there’s no tomorrow, and you begin to wonder if all the speculation of an upcoming worldwide depression isn’t too far off. Fortunately, we have a lot of mechanisms working for us, like governments all working together to avoid a total collapse of the monetary system. Foreign policies’ give and take are for just this sort of situation. That’s why there are several high ranking banking officials from all over the world meeting in Washington this weekend. http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24469809-913,00.html

As a result of the market downturn, it’s reported that Microsoft’s Bill Gates is no longer the richest man in the world. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/10/gates_not_richest/

The son of a Tennessee state lawmaker was indicted for allegedly hacking into Sarah Palin’s private e-mail account in September. As soon as he discovered the law was looking for him, he turned himself in and pled not guilty. http://tinyurl.com/email-breakin

If you own a MacBook Pro computer and have had problems with it, take a look at this from TechCrunch. Apple has released a statement that may affect those of you with newer MacBook Pros with Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics cards. Say graphics cards have been known to be faulty and may cause video to be scrambled or distorted. http://tinyurl.com/macbook-problems

For those of you who refuse to pay the high price for Windows Office software and who have been using Open Office, the developers behind OpenOffice.org plan to officially push the next major release on Monday. But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on the first stable, post-beta, post-release candidate copy of OpenOffice.org 3.0 you can download it today. Here is a page listing of mirror sites. Just find the country or location nearest you and click. http://distribution.openoffice.org/mirrors/#extmirrors

Finally, if you have some time to spare, play the game Throw Me. Kate Russell reported the game. Here’s her take on how to play … “Start by swinging your mouse back and forth to build up momentum and when you are ready to throw, hit the space bar to see the little … what would you call that? A ball with an eye? Anyway, whatever it is, it does not half fly. Keep your hand over the space bar as you get the chance to boost your flight occasionally if your eyeball lands on a cloud – the longer you leave it to relaunch the little fella, the less powerful the boost. Your turn ends when he hits the ground and will fly no more – but use your space bar again and you have a limited amount of stamina to give him a lift and hopefully hook onto one of the cranes along the hillside, which gives you another chance to launch him into outer space”. http://petersbn.members.dynasigns.de/throwme.swf

Parents can be very upset when their children don’t get into the college of their choice. As an Admissions Counselor for a state university, I took a call from an irate mother who was demanding to know why her daughter had been turned down.
Avoiding any mention of the transcript full of “D” grades, I explained that her daughter just wasn’t as “competitive” as those students who were admitted. “Why doesn’t she try another school for a year and then transfer?” I suggested.
“Another school!” exclaimed the mother. “Have you seen her grades?”
(thanks, Tony)
A lovely afternoon finds one fellow and his wife golfing. They have had a wonderful time and the man has had a near perfect game. The final hole, by far the most difficult, wraps around an old barn. With a terrible slice the man puts the barn between his ball and the green. Knowing that the strokes that it will take to get around the barn will destroy his score, he begins to rant and rave. His wife hating to see him ruin such a great afternoon makes a suggestion.
“What if I were to hold open the barn doors? That way you could send it right through the barn onto the green.”
He thinks this over and decides that it will work. With his wife holding open the barn door he lines up with the hole and gives the ball a terrific “whack”! The ball shoots through the air and right into the head of his wife, killing her instantly.
Months go by, the man mourning all the while. His friends, hating to see him in such a state, convince him to go golfing with them. They end up at the same course and on the final hole, oddly enough, another terrible slice puts the old barn between his ball and the green. Again he begins to rant and rave at what this dilemma will do to his score. He friend, wanting to please him, makes a suggestion.
“What if I were to hold open the barn doors? That way you could send it right through the barn onto the green.”
“No,” the man replies, “last time I did that I got two over par.”
(thanks, Henry)
Q: What do you call any elephant who is an expert on skin disorders?
A: A pachydermatologist.
Why do ducks have webbed feet?
To stamp out fires.
Why do elephants have flat feet?
To stamp out burning ducks.
(thanks, Rob)
And that’s the week’s collection of things to see and do on the Web. Have a great weekend. If you go golfing, don’t look for barns (thanks, again Henry). Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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