Jim’s WebLetter for 4/9/09

Hi-ya JWL readers!

I hope you’re doing well this weekend. It’s a busy one for me so before I get ready to launch into the first of several projects today, I want to dash off a few things I came across while on the Web this week.

I read just yesterday that Verizon is actively engaging in backing legislation to make unlawful texting while driving. Having attempting it a time or two, I have to say that it is difficult to do both things at the same time. Hopefully other carriers will follow suit and strongly push to have laws passed. The last thing I want is for someone to run into me because it was more important to be texting a friend than watching where that person was going. Talking on the cellphone is tricky enough, keying in text is way over the limit. Here’s a report from the NY Times … http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/verizon-to-support-driving-while-texting-bans/

Sometimes I run across some new Web site and think, “how can I apply this to what I’m doing”? The one I discovered this week is called 10 Thousand Doors. Created by the United Methodist Church, this site asks, “What if church wasn’t just a building, but thousands of doors? Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church – and a journey that could change our world. Would you come?” Now, if you’re not Methodist, or even a Christian, I still feel you need to see the way they present the TALK page that allows users to respond to simple questions, the FIND page that directs users to the closest churches with programs most relevant to users’ interests, the LISTEN page with audio news features and an iLike music player and its GO/DO page which uses a Google Earth plugin to get users to make connections between the online and the offline. This site is deep and carries a number of feeds from news sources, blogs, site paths and referring pages. It’s worth a few minutes … http://www.10thousanddoors.org/

One thing I noticed about popular social Web sites, the more popular, more applications are built for them. Case in point, Twitter. The online text broadcaster has more applications being made available faster than you can say, “tweet”. That’s because users are finding more reasons for accessing it. Have a question you need an answer for? Twitter it. Job listing? Ditto. Now, TwitterJobSearch.com combs through the site and pulls out the Tweets that is believes to be job listings and posts them. http://www.twitterjobsearch.com/search?q=web+content

Another in the lengthening list of Twitter programs is something I used to alert Shrimp Festival twitterers last weekend called Twibble. It’s a simple application that allowed me to send tweets on the fly using a cellphone. Sure, there are plenty of other applications available, but twibble is basic, lightweight and easy to use. http://www.twibble.com

So, while we’re on the subject, Twitter had some scheduled downtime this week. That’s not uncommon, but what follows is a humorous take on what to do while waiting for Twitter to come back up from MG Seigler of Tech Crunch. You might keep these Top 15 for future reference ….

1. Talk about Twitter being down on FriendFeed
2. Talk about Twitter being down on Facebook
3. Talk about Twitter being down over IM
4. Leave a comment on a blog post about Twitter being down
5. Talk about Twitter being down via text message
6. Talk about Twitter being down over email
7. Tip TechCrunch that Twitter is down
8. Write your own blog post about Twitter being down
9. Talk about Twitter being down on Pownce Plurk
10. Talk about Twitter being down on Identi.ca
11. Talk about Twitter being down internally on Yammer
12. Think about Twitter being down
13. Call an actual friend to talk about Twitter being down
14. Invite an actual friend over to talk about Twitter being down
15. Go outside

Changing the subject, this week I found a writeup about Gazelle.com, a website devoted to buying back older electronics. The easy to use form allows for you to find out what your older stuff is worth. And Gazelle offers free shipping, too. So if you have a camera or cellphone, laptop or desktop, don’t throw it out, recycle it using these guys. It could be worth a few bucks … Think about it … You get cash and help save the environment. http://www.gazelle.com

Finally, this weekend marks Mother’s Day and Amazing Moms has a site devoted to her. Be sure to give your mom a call this weekend. http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/holiday_mothersday.htm

<===HuMoR===>
The new bride, went crying to her mother. “Momma, I can’t get my husband to do anything. I want him to fix up the house, and he keeps putting it off.”
“Honey,” her mother replied, “after being married to your father for twenty-six years, I’ve found the only way to get him to do anything is to tell him he’s too old.”
(thanks, John)
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MOTHER’S DICTIONARY

Defense: What you’d better have around de yard if you’re going to let the children play outside.

Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.

Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn’t appreciate the strained carrots.

Full name: What you call your child when you’re mad at him.

Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they’re sure you’re not raising them right.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

Impregnable: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.

Independent: How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.

Look out: What it’s too late for your child to do by the time you scream it.

Prenatal: When your life was still somewhat your own.

Preprared childbirth: A contradiction in terms.

Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.

Show off: A child who is more talented than yours.

Storeroom: The distance required between the supermarket aisles so that children in shopping carts can’t quite reach anything.

Temper tantrums: What you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.

Top bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

Two-minute warning: When the baby’s face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.

Whoops: An exclamation that translates roughly into “get a sponge.”
(thanks, Howard)
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And that represents a few of the things I discovered this weekend, friends and neighbors. Have a great time and until I publish again, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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