Jim’s WebLetter for 7/4/09

Hi-ya friends and neighbors! Happy 4th! Post the colors. Today we celebrate our independence and in Bristol, Rhode Island, they are celebrating it for the 224th time. This town has taken the meaning of the 4th to the highest level each year since 1785 with an attitude that it’s more than just a celebration, it’s what we live for. Here’s their story …. http://www.projo.com/lifebeat/content/wk-bristol4th_07-02-09_K6EQN7B_v22.225d38a.html

Show of hands, how many know the opening words of our Declaration of Independence? “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another …” To honor this day, wouldn’t you like to see the document that started it all? The Library of Congress has digitized it and placed it on their website …. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rbpe&fileName=rbpe34/rbpe346/34604400/rbpe34604400page.db&recNum=0

Several things happened this week on the Web that caught my attention (other than the fact that “Michael Jackson” information was accessed more times than anything and I mean ANYTHING else). For instance, did you notice that Google has changed the way it displays search results? The Google logo is smaller, results are indented and spacing has been added above the search box. It also removed the page size indicator, which gives you a hint of how long the page might take to load. Actually, it’s looking more like Google Adsense. Here’s a story about the new “look”. http://mashable.com/2009/07/03/googles-new-layout/

This week I read a story about Web retailing and taxation with Amazon.com. As you may know, tax on the internet has been a big thing for years with our lawmakers determining that you shouldn’t have to pay some taxes on the Web that are levied on a typical retail level (brick and mortar store). Well, with the problems facing states with fallen revenue, many are pushing to have taxes added in when it comes to internet purchases. As this story reveals, it’s not setting well with some folks … http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2009-07-02-online-sales_N.htm

On recommendation by JWL reader Jennifer Wallace, I learned that Laura Walker, Director of E-Learning at a UK mixed secondary comprehensive near London with a background in language teaching, blogs about things that are useful for teachers, but are also important for all of us. In her latest blog, she writes nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter. Whether you are an educator, or just someone wanting to be educated, this bears reading … http://mrslwalker.com/index.php/2009/03/29/nine-great-reasons-why-teachers-should-use-twitter/

I came across Glide this week. You know, transferring files, music or anything in between computers at home and work is a hassle. Especially if you’re dealing with multiple operation systems. But with Glide, a great Web-based tool, you can keep track of all of your media. The Operating System features its own word processor and spreadsheet application, media player, photo editor and a calendar. You also start off with 10 gigs of free storage space, and you can upgrade that if you want. http://www.glideos.com/

As I mentioned in last week’s JWL, Firefox 3.5 was released this week and millions have downloaded and installed it. So far, so good. Pages do seem to load faster. You might try it and let me know how it’s working for you. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/upgrade.html

As the story goes, two boys are in the hospital waiting on procedures. One asks the other, “what are you having done?”
“I’m getting my tonsils out”, says the other boy.
“Oh, that’s easy”, says the first boy. “Three days with ice cream and you’re on your feet.”
He then told the other boy what he’s in for.
“I’m having a circumcision.”
“You are?!”, exclaimed the other boy. “I had that at birth and it took me a year to walk!”
(thanks, Pat)
Two golfers played together for years, allowing for mulligans and ball movement whenever it was “necessary”. One day, the first golfer insists that they play by the rules, no matter what. They both agree, but during play on the 4th hole, a ball ends up on the cart path. Insisting that they keep to the rules, no matter what, the second golfer reluctantly strides over the the golf bags and pulls out a seven iron and proceeds to take practice shots taking asphalt and dirt out of the area around the ball. Sparks flew as he swung and swung. Finally, he takes the shot and it lies up on the green. The first golfer exclaims, “see you made a great shot! What club did you use?” The second golfer replied, “YOUR seven iron”.
(thanks, Raymond)
I had just moved from an apartment to a house in the same small town. One day at the grocery store, I finally used the last of my personalized checks bearing my old address. The cashier examined the document and asked if everything on it was correct. I assured her that it was, and she started to put the check in the cash drawer. But then she inquired again if everything was accurate.
“Why do you ask?” I responded.
“Because,” she replied, “my husband and I moved to this apartment yesterday, and I don’t remember seeing you at breakfast.”
(thanks, Tim)
The Kindergarten Sunday School class was discussing prayer and the children seemed aware that the way you end a prayer was with the word “Amen.”
“Does anyone know what ‘Amen’ means?” the teacher asked.
There was a long silence. Then one little boy piped up, with appropriate, computer-age gestures, and said, “Well, I think it means, like, ‘Send’.”
(thanks, Sean)
One final note … I had surgery on Thursday to remove a skin cancer from my nose. Anyone who has had a procedure knows this is no fun. I had the best care, but the end result is still the same. Planning on celebrating the 4th outside? This is a warning for anyone who likes the idea of getting out in the sun in the middle of the day without some sort of protection. Do yourself a favor. Sunblock is the only way to go. Wear a hat. Protect your kids. Doctors will tell you, it’s what you do outside in the first few years of your life that dictates what will occur later on in life, but it’s never too late to start. The phrase, “it can never happen to me” has been greatly overused in our society. No matter if you are fair skined or dark skined, you have a chance of developing skin cancer. Be smart. Be protected. It may be cool to have a tan, but it sure isn’t cool having surgery to remove the stuff that comes as a result of tanning. Have a safe and happy 4th.

Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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