Jim’s WebLetter for 11/7/09

Hi-ya Webfriends!

After checking the calendar, I realize I have been writing this weekly WebLetter for a long time now, more than 12 and a half years. I can remember when the Web began, the nay-sayers were proclaiming it would cause it’s users to become isolated and non-social. Since then, the internet has enabled us to enjoy cheap long distance calls and social hangouts like Facebook (now more than 325 million users strong), Twitter, Myspace, and a host of others. As a result, people are finding more ways to belong then ever before. A Pew study released recently shows that, even though our circle of friends might be smaller, it’s not because of the internet. Matter of fact, there is more diversity in our friend group with the internet and cellphone, than without them. “We identified Internet use, and especially using social networks, contributes to having more diverse social networks,” said Keith Hampton, lead researcher for the report and an assistant professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The story from the NY Times gives more details … http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/does-technology-reduce-social-isolation/?ref=technology

Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft reported that record label EMI this week announced that it will begin selling on-the-spot recordings of concerts. In his story, he says what we all think … It’s a no-brainer way for live acts to earn some extra cash and great for fans as well. Imagine having a copy of the concert you just attended. I’d pay a little extra for that, wouldn’t you? http://news.cnet.com/8301-13526_3-10392724-27.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

What is the future for Skype? The internet phone service, owned by Ebay, is being sold with the originators getting a piece of the action. As the BBC points out, “unlike traditional mobile calls, which are transmitted over a cellular network, Skype turns your voice into data and sends it over the internet. Since being acquired (by Ebay), the number of registered Skype users has risen to 405 million from 53 million, though free user-to-user calls still dominate the service.” The full story is here … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8347305.stm

I ran across a relatively new place called Deezer that provides an offering of music catalogues from some of the largest record labels and over a thousand independents for you to play on demand, and for free. The website and its artists make their money from advertising revenue and songs can be bought if you want to add them to your collection. See what you think … http://www.deezer.com/

I know I periodically bring up National Geographic as a site where I find interesting stories on subjects NG covers both by TV and the internet, but the newest look to the kid’s site is worth putting your youngin’s in front of as the content is laid out clearly and with bright colors. They can learn about people, places and animals through videos, photos, illustrations and text. There are fun educational games to be played, and projects and activities to be done away from the computer. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

As kids look for roll models, many look at celebrities. If only they learned less about debutantes and more about debt. The idea is not too far-fetched. The site Celebrity Calamity combines the two. It hosts an online game that engages players in money management. The game was created by Harvard’s financial manager in order to make fiscal responsibility fun. Users play the part of personal shoppers for free-spending celebrities. The objective is to obtain and use money to make demanding celebrities happy. http://www.celebritycalamity.com/

<===HuMoR===>
Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while they got to know each other so well, they decided to get married.
One broom was, of course, the bride broom, the other the groom broom.
The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely.
After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, “I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!!!”
“IMPOSSIBLE!!” said the groom broom.
WE HAVEN’T EVEN SWEPT TOGETHER!”
(thanks, Taz)
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My wife and her friend Karen were talking about their labor-saving devices as they pulled into our driveway. Karen said, “I love my new garage-door opener.”
“I love mine too,” my wife replied, and honked the horn three times. That was the signal for me to come out and open the garage.
(thanks, Matt)
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While prosecuting a robbery case, I conducted an interview with the arresting officer. My first question: “Did you see the defendant at the scene?”
“Yes, from a block away,” the officer answered.
“Was the area well lit?”
“No. It was pretty dark.”
“Then how could you identify the defendant?” I asked, concerned.
Looking at me as if I were nuts, he answered, “I’d recognize my cousin anywhere.”
(thanks, Joanna)
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We should have a way of telling people they have bad breath without hurting their feelings: “Well, I’m bored. Let’s go brush our teeth.” Or, “I’ve got to make a phone call. Hold this gum in your mouth until I get back.”
(thanks, Brad)
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OK, so enjoy the sites and if you come across jokes worth spreading, send them along and I’ll post them and give you the credit (or the blame, as the case may be). Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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