Jim’s WebLetter for 3/13/10

Hi-ya friends and webfolks!

Well, I’ve finally put my office together on the second floor overlooking the pond and feel like progress is being made on home renovation. Oh, sure we’re still emptying boxes and finding places to put everything, but I’m not a guy who needs everything in it’s place as much as all
COMPUTER stuff in it’s place … priorities.

This week on the Web, Eric Shonfeld of Tech Crunch wrote an article about the demise of print media. In particular, newspapers. Much of his story was the result of an interview he had with Marc Andreesson, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, who in effect said that the newspaper industry would best serve themselves by stopping print operations and just go digital.

While this may be the wave of the future, and indeed several newspapers are doing just that, there is still a vast number of you who like to get that paper weekday mornings, or on the weekend because it just seems to make the day complete. My take on that is this: If you’re willing to pay $5 for a cup of coffee from Starbucks, spend time reading from the paper either in the morning or after work, why make a change? No one changes their lifestyle overnight, except in extreme cases, so continue doing what you’re doing. But know this … change is coming and it won’t be long. I still believe that papers have a role in our society, but as society changes, so must the media. Here’s that story I told you about complete with photo of duckbilled dinosaur
fossil … http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/12/newsosaurs-extinction/

“Wonder How To” is a website I came across this week that has some of the most off the wall, yet fascinating stories one website can attract. It’s even better than Wired.com (maybe). For instance, how about a car that runs on coffee, or how to make your own Pong clock. OK, not all of the stories are off the wall, but they all have some sort of following. Follow this link and see for yourself … http://www.wonderhowto.com/

Wanna see something funny? There, I fixed it has an assortment of photos and stories of people and their misguided ingenuity. How about using a garden hose as a temporary truck brake pad, or an iron to make coffee. This site will make you shake your head in disbelief while laughing at the situations that presented the “inventions” in the first place. (Check out the manual windshield wiper) http://thereifixedit.com/

A soldier was asked to report to headquarters for assignment. The sergeant said: “We have a critical shortage of typists. I’ll give you a little test. Type this,” he ordered, giving him a pamphlet to copy and a sheet of paper, and pointing to a desk across the room that held a typewriter and an adding machine.
The soldier, quite reluctant to become a clerk typist, made a point of typing very slowly, and saw to it that his work contained as many errors as possible.
The sergeant gave the typed copy only a brief glance.
“That’s fine,” he said; “Report for work at 8 tomorrow.”
“But aren’t you going to check the test?” the prospective clerk asked.
The sergeant grinned. “You passed the test,” he replied, “when you sat down at the typewriter instead of at the adding machine.”
(thanks, Robert)
I love the outdoors, and because of my passion for hunting and fishing, my family eats a considerable amount of wild game.
We eat so much wild game, in fact, that one evening as I set a platter of broiled venison steaks on the dinner table, my ten-year- old daughter looked up and said:
“Boy, it sure would be nice if pizzas lived in the woods.”
(thanks, Dennis)
A wife is scrambling eggs when her husband bursts into the kitchen.
“Careful,” he cries. “Careful! You’re cooking too many at once. Too many! Scramble them! Now! We need more butter. They’re going to stick! Careful! Now scramble them again! Hurry up! Are you crazy? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. Use the salt! The salt!”
The wife turns and asks, “What is wrong with you?”
Her husband calmly replies, “I wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.”
(thanks, Cary) ;-O
It took me forever to wake up one of my nursing home patients. But after much poking, prodding, and wrangling, he finally sat up and fixed his twinkling blue eyes on my face. “My, you’re pretty!” he said. “Have I asked you to marry me yet?”
“No, you haven’t,” I gushed.
“Good. Because I couldn’t put up with this every morning.”
(thanks, Diane)
And that’s this week’s collection of sites, thoughts and things to make you go, “ahhh …(!)
Have a great weekend and look for the next issue next Saturday … looking out my second floor window overlooking the pond. Til then, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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