Jim’s WebLetter for 11/22/08

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

This week, we take time to celebrate Thanksgiving. And that’s what we should be doing … taking time to celebrate Thanksgiving. Another year is closing and we do have a lot to be thankful for.

For me, the year began with my son returning from Iraq, and it’s ending with our church getting it’s certificate of occupancy and moving into our new facility here on the island. In the improptu celebration held Tuesday night in the new sanctuary, our pastor announced (in the style of Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover”), “Welcome home, First Baptist, welcome home.” I thought of Greg getting off the bus and telling him the same thing … “Welcome home, son, welcome home”.

In giving thanks to all of you for being on the receiving end of this for another year, I hope and pray your Thanksgiving is one you can truly be thankful for.

In this week’s issue of JWL, it’s all about Google and Gmail, Jerry’s Yahoo, searching in the city, and puppies. So, read on and enjoy!

A tool unveiled by search giant Google will let you tailor search results much more closely to your needs. SearchWiki lets users re-order, remove or add specific web search results. This means the next time you perform the same search, the personalized version will pop up. SearchWiki also allows users who have logged in to their Google account to write comments which will have a dialogue balloon next to the result when they return for any further searches. These will also be public so that others using SearchWiki can view them and get feedback on a website. It remains to be seen if this new function of search will be just what the Google-doctor ordered. Google talks about the feature in a video on YouTube … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Pl1H0dIXE

Gmail has been adding new features to it’s system, but the most notable and certainly the most visible, is the assortment of themes now available to the look of the webmail program. When you log into your account, go to “Settings” and “Themes”. Choose one that you like, click on it and your Gmail is transformed. I am using the “ocean” setting. It asked me my location, and then produced the look of the beach. The cool factor? When the water changes, the look of the theme changes. Mashable’s Paul Glazowski talks about 5 Gmail themes he likes … http://mashable.com/2008/11/21/custom-gmail-theme-scripts/

It was reported this week that Yahoo’s Jerry Yang is stepping down from his CEO post. Frankly, when he and his partners started the search company, he had no idea it would grow to what it is now. I think he needs to be commended for being a trendsetter and let him leave with his head high and his pockets full. After all, can you imagine going from being a potential college dropout to being one of the richest men in the world all before you’re 40? http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/18/business/yang.php

OK, so you’re visiting an area of the country and you want to know where a good restaurant is that’s close to you. After all, who wants to drive clear across a city the size of Jacksonville (known for having the largest mass area of any city in the states) just for a steak? Well, since 1996, CitySearch has been working diligently to uncover good places to eat, relax, and have fun in cities across the country. They’ve just broken into neighborhoods now. That means, wherever you are, you can find what you want close by. When I typed in citysearch.com, it immediately brought up Jacksonville with a listing of restaurants, directory and services, hotels, shopping, movies and events. If I sign up for an account (it’s free), I can plug in what community I want in the area and it will search and display everything going on. It’s a good site to bookmark … http://www.citysearch.com

Advanced Windows Care has updated their software. If you remember, I reported a few weeks ago about AWC version 2 which cleans up bad files, secures holes in your computer’s system and in general, makes your computer run better. Now, version 3 is out and I like the newer interface and how it does an even better job than it’s previous edition … http://www.download.com/Advanced-WindowsCare-Personal/3000-2086_4-10407614.html

How far have we come when puppies can grab the attention of millions of viewers? Ustream says that the pups, now six weeks old, are drawing an audience that is as big as the one that watched its recent election coverage, including Barack Obama’s victory speech and the Republican National Convention. The video stream runs all day long, save for rare off-camera moments when the dogs go to the vet. At night the owners turn off the lights and the camera so the dogs can sleep. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shiba-inu-puppy-cam

This duck walks into a bar, and asks the bartender, “Do you have any grapes”?
The bartender says, “No we only sell beer here”. The duck leaves.
The next day the duck walks back into the bar and asks the bartender, “Do you have any grapes”?
The bartender says, “No I told you we only sell beer, and if you ask me again I’m going to nail your beak to the bar.” So the duck leaves.
The next day the duck walks back into the bar, and asks the bartender “Do you have any nails”? The bartender says “no”.
The duck asks “Do you have any grapes”?
(thanks, Scott)
John went to visit his old grandfather in a secluded area of Georgia. After chatting all night John’s grandfather made a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. However, John noticed a film on his plate, and questioned his grandfather, “Are these plates clean?”
His grandfather replied, “They’re as clean as cold water can get them. Just finish your meal!”
For lunch John worried that the plates had dried egg and asked, “Are you sure these plates are clean?”
The old man said, “I told you those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now I don’t want to hear any more about it!”
Later that afternoon, as John was leaving, his grandfather’s dog started to growl, not letting him pass. John yelled, “Grandfather, your dog won’t let me get to my car.”
The old man shouted, “Coldwater, go lie down!”
(thanks, Sandra)
Just after my father, who was a career Air Force NCO, passed away, all my brothers and sisters returned home to be with Mom. As we reminisced about my dad, we found ourselves floating from sorrow to laughter as we brought up fond memories of our nomadic military lifestyle. One morning we were discussing what music should be played at the funeral and several hymns were suggested. “But, Mom,” my older sister said, “since Daddy was in the Air Force, shouldn’t we request the Air Force song?”
“No, dear,” my mother said with a smile. “We are not playing a song with the words ‘Off we go into the wild blue yonder’ at your father’s funeral!”
(thanks, John)
Dad is from the old school, where you keep your money under the mattress—only he kept his in the underwear drawer. One day I bought my dad an unusual personal safe—a can of spray paint with a false bottom—so he could keep his money in the workshop. Later I asked Mom if he was using it.
“Oh, yes,” she replied, “he put his money in it the same day.”
“No burglar would think to look on the work shelf!” I gloated.
“They won’t have to,” my mom replied. “He keeps the paint can in his underwear drawer.”
(thanks, Judee)
So have a happy Thanksgiving, a safe shopping day after and until next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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