Happy New Year. So, do we call it “twenty ten” or “two thousand ten”. Who cares? Well, apparently someone does because there’s a movement going on to call it one particular thing. The National Association of Good Grammar (didn’t know we had one) says we should pronounce it “twenty ten” followed by “twenty eleven” and “twenty twelve”. I frankly could care less, but it is easier to say, so … happy twenty ten, everyone!
On New Year’s eve, we saw the movie, “Avatar”. I had mixed reviews on the movie. As everyone knows, James Cameron, the writer and creator, always carries an agenda with him in the stories he portrays (Titanic, Terminator, Aliens) and this one was loaded with them. The bad Earthlings are trying to mine precious minerals while the natives (who interestingly enough practice the same religion as native Americans did in our own country) want things left alone. A war ensues and the natives win with the help of a few Earthlings who see the native’s side of the matter. There you go. Done. I didn’t appreciate the fact that God’s name was used in the movie. It’s never necessary, but there it was in the first couple of minutes of the almost three hour movie. Having said all those things, I loved the technology used to create it. I loved the 3-D effects. I loved the simplicity of the plot (it’s easier to follow when you just sit and let it happen rather than trying to read anything into it). It was the fastest two hours, 40 minutes I have ever sat through. In other words, it was worth seeing. I believe 3-D is the only way to see a movie and truly experience everything going on. It puts you into the scene and allows you to be a part of what’s going on, and in Avatar, there’s plenty going on. The website is loaded with features and scenes and sounds of the movie. http://www.avatarmovie.com/index.html
2010 is here and already the technology is stepping up. Many are saying it’s the year of the tablet (Apple is releasing one, HP, you name it, they are creating one) and it’s all because the science of touch pads has become realistic, easy to use, and plentiful. Something else this year, new additions to domain names will include foreign languages such as Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. All this means a bigger likelihood of cyber-crime, as pointed out in this article by Nigel Kendall … http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6971724.ece
I want to start off by saying I like Gmail and have used it for years (back when you had to get an invitation to sign up and use it). Along with the other Google features, it has everything I need in email, but spam is a problem. I have used the Filter feature and have dozens of additions in it to keep the spam at bay, but it still pops up everyday. So I found and have been testing a program called Inbox. Inbox allows you to customize your email inbox the way you see fit. You automatically get five gigabites of online memory for free (that’s a lot) and if you want, you can purchase more. The site also provides the opportunity for online storage, games, and high definition screensavers. Since Inbox isn’t among the mainstream email providers like Yahoo or Google, you won’t get as much spam in your inbox. It’s easy to sign up, download the software that integrates into your browser and monitors your mail and use it. So far, so good. http://www.inbox.com/
Consider these newly discovered laws of the universe…
Law of Biomechanics: The severity of any itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Law of Coffee: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets: The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich of landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.
Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.
Law of the Telephone: When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
Variation Law: If you traffic lanes, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are on now.
Warm Water Theorem: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. “Cold floors,” he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, “Bad food.” They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. “I quit,” he says. “That’s not surprising,” the elders say. “You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”
An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.
“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little fella.
Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head. His grandmother knelt down next to him. “I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles, she said, while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek. “Freckles are beautiful!”
The boy looked up, “Really?”
“Of course,” said the grandmother. “Why, just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”
The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered, “Wrinkles.”
And that’s the WebLetter for this week. Thanks for the jokes sent in. Get ready for more to come in Twenty Ten, and in this new year, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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