Jim’s WebLetter for 11/28/09

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya JWL readers and friends! Black Friday shoppers, did you make it through the day and get home in one piece? My daughter-in-law takes shopping seriously … up and in the stores at 2 am and shopped until 7 am. Hon, that’s a little too serious for me. But then again, we’re doing all our shopping online this year and the specials all carry free shipping. Whether it’s Amazon.com or Target.com … purchased online and shipped free to the homestead. Now THAT’s what I call shopping!

Speaking of online, there are a host of things there for you to see and enjoy … and this week’s issue of the WebLetter will include a look at next year (video on smartphones), Sony’s push for new technology, an adventure quiz game for the “survivor” in all of us, a look back at what the Web has done for us, and a bit of humor at Christmas time. Enjoy!

Looking to the future, 2010 promises to be an interesting one for smartphone owners. With the new Droid being snapped up as one of the hotest sellers this Christmas, in addition to iPhones and other mult-purpose handheld devices comes the ability to watch videos at the touch of a button … and industry insiders are optimistic about the potential for smartphone sales in the coming year, especially since sales managed to grow in 2009 despite the economy. Reuters news agency reports that surfing the web, as well as texting, is becoming the most important thing about owning a Nokia, IPhone and Android device. http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE5AJ06020091123

Also next year, Sony plans to launch a Web-based entertainment content service for Internet-connected TV sets and other devices that will include, “movies, music, books and other content”. This is a dramatic leap forward that moves everything away from DVD’s and other devices and streams it into your TV and smartphone. Sony plans to introduce 3D TVs next year and has announced their PlayStation 3 game consoles can become 3D-compatible by simply updating its software via the Internet. http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSTRE5AJ13C20091120

The movie people are flocking to the theaters to see, 2012 has a game on it’s website that challenges you to think what you would do in an emergency situation. The quiz gives you three chances, called “lives” to make it through your trip from wherever you select to start in the world to reach the final safe haven, Tibet. It’s based on true-life events and gives correct answers to “what if” situations. Head to the website and click Game at the top of the menu list. http://www.whowillsurvive2012.com/

Want to see just what the advent of the Web has done to our world? Digital Revolution is the self described, “working title” of a four part series being created for the BBC which takes a look at how the last 20 years with the World Wide Web has changed life and the planet. It is being called an ‘open source’ documentary as the team behind it is blogging their progress and asking for feedback. There are key interviews, such as the Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee, which you can edit and republish. Check the terms and conditions for this on the site. http://www.bbc.co.uk/digitalrevolution/

This year, the folks at JibJab have taken making movies and funny videos to the next level. When you visit their site, you can “Elf Yourself” by uploading your head into a scene that has “wish you a Merry Christmas” written all over it. We have already spent time laughing all the way. They also have a free Movie Maker episode called “Snow Ball Fight” which is equally funny. Create the video then uplink it to Facebook or email it to a friend (or JWL writer!). I’d love to see your creation. Send it to my email address … jim@jimonline.com. http://sendables.jibjab.com/

A clergyman was walking down the street when he came upon a group of a few boys about 10 years of age, surrounding a dog. Concerned that the boys were hurting the animal, he went over and asked them what they were doing.
One of the boys replied, “This dog is an old neighborhood stray. We take him home with us sometimes, but since only one of us can take him home we’re having a contest: whichever one of us tells the biggest lie can take him home today.”
Of course, the Reverend was shocked. “You boys shouldn’t be having a contest telling lies!” he exclaimed. He then launched into a 10-minute sermon against lying, beginning, “Don’t you boys know it’s a sin to lie?” and ending with, “Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie.”
There was complete silence for about a minute while the boys all looked at each other and lowered their heads. Just as the Reverend began to think he had gotten through to them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and handed him the leash. “Alright, reverend,” he said, “You win. You can take him home.”
(thanks, John)
A lion woke up one morning feeling rowdy. He went out and cornered a small monkey and roared, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?”
The trembling monkey said, “You are, mighty lion!”
Later, the lion confronted a deer and bellowed, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?”
The terrified deer stammered, “Oh great lion, you are by far the mightiest animal in the jungle!”
On a roll, the lion swaggered up to an elephant and roared, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?”
The elephant snatched up the lion with his trunk, slammed him against a tree, stomped on him and then ambled away.
The battered lion hollered after the elephant, “Sheesh, just because you don’t know the answer, you don’t have to get so upset.”
(thanks, Tony)
Just before Thanksgiving, the holding pen was abuzz as Mother Turkey scolded her younger birds. “You turkeys are always into mischief,” she gobbled. “If your grandfather could see the things you do, he’d turn over in his gravy.”
(thanks, Joanna)
Little 2 1/2-year-old Kelli went with a neighbor girl to church for First Communion practice. To demonstrate the process, the pastor has the children cup their hands, and when he gives them the “Host” (in this case, a piece of bread) he says: “God be with you.”
Apparently this made quite an impression on Kelli. She came home and told her mother to cup her hands and bend down. Kelli tore a piece of bread from her sandwich, placed it in her mother’s hands, and whispered, in her most angelic voice: “God will get you.”
(thanks, Henry)
That’s the collection of sites and jokes for this week, WebLetter readers. Thank you for your attention. Have a great rest of the week and until next weekend when we will begin the final month of the year, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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