Jim’s WebLetter for 3/7/09

Hi-ya friends and net neighbors!

There is a lot of buzz about the competition heating up between Facebook and Twitter. Facebook announced this week that by Wednesday, it will be implementing Twitter-like features on user’s pages. Meanwhile, Twitter is creating a feature that integrates Twitter’s search tool and trending topics into the navbar that users of the Web interface see. There’s also now a “Matching Users” component on the sidebar of the search results. All the while, Facebook is slowly moving towards combining some of the best features of FriendFeed and Twitter on its homepages as it has seen how quickly users latched on to Twitter and its real-time updates. At this point, the heightened interest of users to sign on and grow their group only provides fuel for the Facebook-Twitter fire. Why so much attention to all this? Because presently Facebook and Twitter users total about 200 million worldwide. http://www.facebook.com http://www.twitter.com

Another growing trend, more video viewing on the web and less time spent watching TV. YouTube reported an all time high 101 million viewers in the month of January. As USA Today reported, all in all, over 147 million US internet users watched an average of 101 videos per viewer from such places as Hulu, AOL and CBS.com for the first month of 2009. http://blogs.usatoday.com/technologylive/2009/03/youtube-100-mil.html

YouTube is reported to be reaching a deal with Universal Music in a licensing agreement that could lead to the creation of a premium site for music videos. The NY Times reports that Sony Music Entertainment reached a new agreement with YouTube this year. But discussions with other labels, including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI, have dragged on. Sources close to the deal say things are shaping up and an agreement could be within a few weeks. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/technology/internet/05music.html?ref=technology

Speaking of viewing … the High Museum of Art in Atlanta has been displaying what they’re calling the 8th wonder of the ancient world … 100 of China’s Terracotta Army. This discovery, which began in 1974, marked a new look at the beginnings of China as this army of statues had been buried with the 1st Emperor as a means of marking his importance in the afterlife. The exhibition is uniquely displayed online at the High complete with videos about the display and excellent photographs of the pieces. Of course there is nothing like being there, so if you’re fortunate to be in Atlanta in the next few weeks, make this part of your visit. You’ll thank me later.

Finally, Blackberry users will want to make a stop off to pick and choose from a nice assortment of free applications at Stypod.com. They have everything you need to customize your BlackBerry. The one stop shop for ringtones, themes, wallpapers, games, and accessories. Yes, I did say, much of what you will find is free … http://www.stypod.com

A butcher is leaning on the counter toward the close of day when a dog with a basket in its jaws comes pushing through the door.
“An’ wot’s this then?” he asked. The dog knocks the basket sharply into the butcher’s shins.
“You dumb dog.” As he reaches down to smack the dog, he notices a note and a ten dollar bill in the basket.
The scribble on the note asks for three pounds of his best mince [ground beef]. The butcher figures this is too easy. He goes to the window and reaches for the dried up stuff that’s been sitting out all day.
The dog growls at him. The butcher turns around and, glaring at the pup, gets the best mince from the fridge. Weighing out about 2 1/2 pounds, he drops in on the scale with his thumb.
“Hmmmmm, a bit shy. Who’ll know?”
Again, the dog growls menacingly. “Alright, alright,” as he throws on a generous half pound. He wraps it out, drops it in the basket, and drops in change from a five. The dog threatens to chew him off at the ankles. Another five goes in the basket.
The butcher is quite impressed and decides to follow the piddy pup home. The dog quickly enters a high-rise buildings, pushes the lift button, enters the lift, and then pushes the button for the 12th floor. The dog walks down the corridor and smartly bangs the basket on the door. The door opens, and the dog’s owner screams at the dog.
“Hey, what are you doing? That’s a really smart dog you’ve got there,” comments the butcher.
“He’s a stupid dog–that’s the third time this week he’s forgotten his key.
(thanks, Joe)
Ode to Henny Youngman …
A harried man runs into his physician’s office. “Doctor! Doctor! My wife’s in labor! But she keeps screaming, ‘Shouldn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t, can’t!'”
“Oh, that’s okay,” says the doctor. “She’s just having contractions.”
(thanks, Donna)
It seems in this day and time you can’t go into an area dominated by a woman without detecting the ‘aroma’ (odorous terribilis) of some kind of bizarre scented candle. Everything from ‘Boysenberry Vanilla Potpourri’ to ‘Spice Orange Jasmine Chocolate’. Sometimes it gives me a headache!
Well, it’s about time men had their own scented candles. Below you will find a few scents men would appreciate.
’62 Chevy truck – Interior and Exhaust
Wet Dog (only if it’s your own dog)
Frying Bacon (actually, a lot of different fried foods)
Wood Smoke
Chainsaw Exhaust
Freshly Caught Bass
Ozone (arc welder, of course)
Freshly Moved Dirt
New Tires
Hot Metal
3 Year Old Cap
Ammonia Fertilizer (light, of course)
Burning Grass or Leaves
Latex Paint
(thanks, Ralph)
Everyone knows I’m a stickler for good spelling. So when an associate e-mailed technical documents asking me to “decifer” them, I had to set him straight.
“Decipher is spelled with a ‘ph’, not an ‘f’,” I wrote. “In case you’ve forgotten, spell checker comes free with your Microsoft program.”
A minute later his reply: “Must be dephective.”
(thanks, Tony)
And that’s this week in a nutshell, so to speak. Have a great weekend (we begin seeing temperatures in the upper 70’s and low 80’s starting this weekend) and I’ll let you know what I’ve found next weekend. Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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