Jim’s WebLetter for 11/29/08

Hi-ya net-neighbors and friends!
How did your week go? Show of hands, how many were in the stores at 6 am yesterday to snatch up the “black friday” bargains? Well, I decided to leave my share of the bargains sitting in the stores for someone else. There are plenty of bargains online for shopping at one’s convenience, and with almost everyone offering free shipping, it has become better to shop from the computer. Amazon.com has become one of the bookmarks I regularly click as they have expanded their offerings to the point that anything I would consider is right on the site. For comparison shopping, Google’s Froogle is the way to go. Type in what you’re looking for and get a listing of places to find it, along with prices. http://www.google.com/products

In the news this week, as a result of cyber-bullying, an internet “hoax” created by a woman, a 13 year old girl felt so helpless that she committed suicide. The bully was caught, jailed and went to court. The defendant, Lori Drew, 49, of O’Fallon, Mo., was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on misdemeanor charges of accessing computers without authorization. Her lawyer later said he hoped a judge would dismiss the charges against her. The mother of the girl wants justice in this case. I hope she gets it. This kind of stuff isn’t tolerated anywhere else, why should it be OK on the web? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/us/29internet.html?_r=1&ref=technology

Also this week, YouTube made a really big change in the way you view videos … they’ve gone wide screen. And they’re now accepting HD videos. In the works, movies from the likes of MGM. I’ve heard that the best quality video to upload involves not only the highest quality you can render, but in dimensions of 640×360 (thanks, Jody Peret). Here’s a video to explain it all … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx05CoUXaKA&feature=email

I know I’m not the only one who has said, “there is a book in everyone”. I firmly believe it. Your thoughts, memories, and events that took place in your life are interesting to other people. Now there is a place online to publish that I think you should check out. But Myebook.com is more than just about publishing words, as it is also a fantastic way to share photos with your friends and family. Have a look at some of the publications made public on the website to see what other people are doing. Then, once you have signed up and launched the application, you can choose how many pages your book will be and whether you want to use a template, or you can put a little more work in by starting with a blank canvas (it’s easy to add more pages at any time if you did not select enough the first time). Go ahead, take a look. http://www.myebook.com/index.php

Social networking sites are all the rage these days. But what happens if you can’t find a network you want to be social with? Make your own. Whatever your interest area, Ning makes it so simple to start up a group, you will be wondering why you did’nt do it sooner. Just pick a name and relevant address, and you can step through the simple process in a matter of minutes. Add a section for pictures, videos, a forum and even a blog spot so your community can keep in touch. Once it’s created, send out invites to anyone you think will be interested. http://www.ning.com

Finally, for those who still plan to fly to see the relatives this season, there are a couple of sites to help you get the best price for a ticket, and ensure the flight wasn’t cancelled or changed without your notification. FlightStats offers the idea of flying smarter with a site that monitors all flights at any given moment. You can track your flight as it is routing through it’s destination to your location. In addition, find helpful tools for planning ahead. http://www.flightstats.com/go/Home/home.do

And what airports offer free wi-fi while you’re waiting for the plane to board? Smallbusiness.com features a page with a listing of the free hotspots broken down by states. http://smallbusiness.com/wiki/Free_wifi_airports


The Top Ten Reasons College Students Are Looking Forward To Thanksgiving Break and Going Home for the Holidays:
10. You’ll know that your turkey is a Butterball rather than a Grade E yet semi-edible fur ball.
9. Your mother will not be serving your mashed potatoes and stuffing with an ice cream scooper.
8. Pumpkin pie is a great alternative to green Jello.
7. After your eighth glass of cider, your emergency dash to the bathroom will not be delayed by having to line the seat with toilet paper.
6. Clean underwear, comfortable bed, access to a car, bedroom larger than a 12×14 cell … okay, even if it is for only four days.
5. To eat your meals the only trek you’ll have to make is from the couch to the kitchen, rather than the dorm to the dining hall … in below freezing weather.
4. Instead of listening to “when I first started teaching here …” you can be entertained by “when your mother was your age …” and “during the Depression we weren’t lucky enough to have brussels sprouts. Heck, all we could afford was the sprout!”
3. You can eat your corn steamed with butter rather than popped in your microwave.
2. You’ll know the hair in the shower drain is your own.
And, the number one reason college students are looking forward to Thanksgiving…
1. You won’t be eating your Thanksgiving meal off a tray!
(thanks, Andy)
My family traditionally begins the evening meal with a prayer of thanks. When they were old enough, we began letting our children say the meal prayer. Of course at first they would ask for a pony, a new bike, etc. They soon learned the more important things which should be included in the prayer.
At Thanksgiving we had the whole family over. My nine year old wanted to say the prayer. It went like this:
“Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for the turkey, the rolls, the mashed potatoes, the red jiggly stuff, and the bread stuff even though I don’t like it. We ask that You not let us choke on this food.”
(Most of us nearly choked just trying not to laugh!)
(thanks, Thomas)
Some neighbors of my grandparents’ gave them a pumpkin pie as a holiday gift. As lovely as the gesture was, it was clear from the first bite that the pie tasted bad. It was so inedible that my grandmother had to throw it away. Ever gracious and tactful, she still felt obliged to send the neighbors a note. It read “Thank you very much for the pumpkin pie. Something like that doesn’t last very long in our house.”
(thanks, Krista)
Just before Thanksgiving, the holding pen was abuzz as Mother Turkey scolded her younger birds.
“You turkeys are always into mischief,” she gobbled. “If your grandfather could see the things you do, he’d turn over in his gravy.”
(thanks, Claudia)
And thank you for being a part of the JWL readership. I hope that you’re weekend is one you have much to be thankful for. Next weekend, December ushers in a busy time for me. I will be sending you something special. Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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