Jim’s WebLetter for 10/3/09

Hi-ya Webfriends! I hope everything’s going OK for you this week. Now it’s the weekend and time to take a few minutes and enjoy the wonders of the Web. Here are some of the weekly scans I came across.

Last night, I watched the final in the series on PBS about our nation’s national parks. Produced by award winner Ken Burns, it was an hour of reflection as I remember as a boy, visiting Yellow Stone. This incredible series packed with fabulous footage and narrated by some of the great Hollywood and motion picture stars is available on the PBS website. http://video.pbs.org/program/1072181584/

After watching the animated movies in 3-D at the theatre this year, watching television even in HD, seems to pale in comparison. Now, a report on BBC shows that Sony is behind the push for 3-D TV by the end of next year. Of course, not everyone will be in favor of the 3-D effect all the time, but the article does make for interesting reading. http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_10000000/newsid_10001300/10001366.stm

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on Augmented Reality and what I believed is it’s future. This week, a story by John Biggs in TechCrunch entitled, “Avatar Toys Go Augmented Reality, Courtesy Of Mattel And Total Immersion” demonstrates how AR is coming to the toy store near you in the form of Avatar toys. http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/10/02/avatar-augmented-reality-toys-courtesy-of-mattel-and-total-immersion/

Meanwhile, Wikitude is an Augmented Reality application for Google Android. Augmented Reality in this case, takes virtual data, places it on your phone, and allows you to interact with it using your compass, camera, and GPS. The end result is the ability to see virtual items and information in the real world. Well, now Wikitude has made its debut on the iPhone. The free app is now available in the iTunes store … http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=329731243&mt=8

If you’re noticing your PC is running slower, it could be a need for updated drivers. Driver Agent automatically scans your computer and recommends and will install drivers that need updating. It’s a one-time thing unless you pay for a year’s worth of unlimited downloads. http://www.driveragent.com/index_b.php?mvt=b&promo=a

What is it about “One Hit Wonders” that make them so catchy? Most musicians rarely make it to the big time at all, and those that do are usually able to make careers out of it (or at least long enough to reach that elusive #2 hit). But One Hit Wonders are different. They shine brightly for a single moment of time, then burn out into oblivion. But if they’re lucky, their songs remain for eternity. Here’s a site that lists the artists and their song along with the year it was a hit.

OK, you may have heard this one before ….
A man runs into the vet’s office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.
The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog’s body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, poking and sniffing the dog’s body and finally looks at the vet and meows.
The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the cat thinks that you’re dog is dead, too.” The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead. So the vet brings in a black Labrador retriever. The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, and finally looks at the vet and barks. The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead too.”
The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes. The vet answers, “$650.”
“$650 to tell me my dog is dead?” exclaims the man.
“Well,” the vet replies, “I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $600 was for the cat scan and lab tests.
(thanks, Fred)
A driver pulled up beside a rundown farmhouse. He got out and knocked at the door. A very old woman answered the door, and he asked her for directions to Des Moines.
“Don’t know,” the woman said.
He got back in his car and pulled away. Then he heard voices. He looked in his rear view mirror and saw the woman and an equally old man waving for him to come back. So he made a U-turn and drove up to them.
“This is my husband,” the old woman said. “He doesn’t know how to get to Des Moines either.”
(thanks, Mary)
Why Dogs Can’t Use Computers
1. He’s distracted by cats chasing his mouse.
2. SIT and STAY were hard enough; CUT and PASTE are out of the question.
3. Saliva-coated floppy disks refuse to work.
4. Three words: carpal paw syndrome.
5. Involuntary tail wagging is a dead give-away that he’s browsing http://www.purina.com instead of working.
6. The fire hydrant icon is simply too frustrating.
7. He can’t help attacking the screen when he hears “You’ve Got Mail”.
8. It’s too messy to “mark” every Web site he visits.
9. The FETCH command isn’t available on all platforms.
10. He can’t stick his head out of Windows.
(thanks, Frank)
Short and sweet, that’s it for this weekend, WebLetter readers. I’m shooting the Upward Basketball games this morning. You can watch the kids play online at FBFirst.net.
Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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