Jim’s WebLetter for 11/20/09

Hi-ya friends and neighbors on the Net!

Did ya miss me? Last week I was having a “that was the week that was” kind of episode with health issues and a very busy schedule preventing me from writing to you. But that was then, and this is now … and do I have some things to show you this week in this edition of JWL.

Firefox browser users, I have installed a new application called the “YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads” application. It may be a funny name for an application, but I love this app! It’s actually a two part install with the Greasemonkey application installation followed by the script that allows you to watch You Tube videos already set to HD (larger, clearer screens). It keeps those pesky ads from appearing on the video screen while the video is playing, and it loads the video up (aka buffering) and lets you click the button when you’re ready to watch it, instead of the video starting up as soon as the page loads. The link below sends you to the page with instructions and links for the download. Remember, this is for Firefox browsers only from Userscripts.org. http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/49366

As you might know, Google is still churning out new applications for internet users worldwide. Two new things to be watching for … the Google Operating System for PC computers, and next year … the Google Phone. Now, I know someone who is reading this is saying, “wait a minute, there was talk about a phone before and Google said it wasn’t making one”. Matter of fact, they have released the Android operating system for phones like the Droid which was released a couple of weeks ago. But word has gotten out that they are in the process of picking the hardware maker and it’s rumored to be either Toshiba or LG. The Google Operating System for PC’s (known as Chrome OS) will be run on computers like the popular Netbook that are big on memory but without hard drives. The trend, you see, is all about “cloud” computing. That is, connecting to the internet and doing everything online, which is why so many products Google has been turning out is about working online, like Gmail for email, watching videos on You Tube, and the new Wave for interactive projects with coworkers.

OK, so getting onto things that are more immediate, Black Friday, the common term for shopping the day after Thanksgiving, is coming up this week. ( I know! Thanksgiving already.) There is a website for Black Friday shoppers calling themselves the “official site for all of the 2009 Black Friday ads as they are reported to us during this holiday shopping season”. BlackFriday.info has a rather extensive listing of stores with deals for the beginning of holiday shopping. Categories include coupons, black friday ads and online shopping. This is a good bookmark … http://www.blackfriday.info/

Thanksgiving means we have reason to give thanks for the blessings we have. It also means we can give thanks for God’s blessings including the ability to taste good food. Want a place where you can find the real joy of baking? Try visitng JoyofBaking.com where you can find inviting pictures and recipes for such treats as pumpkin cheesecake, red velvet cake, gingerbread men, apple pie, and shortbread cookies. Now all you need to do is get busy! Remember that there are plenty of volunteers (many of them in your own family) who are willing to try a sample of your efforts and tell you how good it is … http://www.joyofbaking.com/

Beth Vorhees of Public TV fame said her daughter, Diana, a third-grader, was to give a demonstration speech at school. She planned to demonstrate how to make “Flies on a Log,” which consists of peanut butter spread on a stalk of celery with raisins on it.
The morning of her speech, Diana took out everything she needed and put it on the kitchen counter, ready to take it to school. Unfortunately, when the girl and her mother left for school, they forgot to take the items.
Diana’s mother dropped her off and went home to get the stuff.
The celery was gone. The raisins were gone. The peanut butter had been put away.
“Oh,” said Diana’s father. “I had that stuff for breakfast.”
Beth rushed to gather up more ingredients and hurry them to school, with an apology to the teacher and an explanation of what happened.
“Gee,” said Diana’s teacher, “that’s a first — ‘My dad ate my homework.'”
(thanks, Joanna)
“This house,” said the real estate salesman, “has both its good points and its bad points. To show you I’m honest, I’m going to tell you about both.
The disadvantages are that there is a chemical plant one block south and a slaughterhouse a block north.”
“What are the advantages?” inquired the prospective buyer.
“The advantage is that you can always tell which way the wind is blowing.”
(thanks, Reggie)
A few years back, I had my old 45 RPM records out to look through and my daughter asked what they were. I explained that back in the 1960s, before CDs were invented, this was how we listened to music. I further explained how all the bands issued singles on these “45s,” and radio stations would rate the top 40 songs every week.
She was quite impressed as I continued describing how one used a phonograph to play them. I burst out laughing when she asked — perfectly straight faced — “Daddy, how many megs of RAM does one of these hold?”
(thanks, Jay)
The Vacation Bible School theme for the day was “God’s All-Star Champions,” so they had sports-related activities. To get in the sports spirit, and since Denver has several professional sports teams, the minister asked “What is the name of the place where the Colorado Avalanche play hockey?”
One of the children answered, “Pepsi Center.”
“And where do the Denver Broncos play?”
“Invesco Field at Mile High.”
“And where do the Colorado Rockies play?”
“Coors Field.”
“And finally, where do the Nuggets play?”
(thanks, Janet)
As I mentioned earlier in this issue, it’s Thanksgiving and a time to give thanks. I want to thank each of you for reading the weekly WebLetter. And thanks for the jokes folks. Have a great week and a happy Thanksgiving and until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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