Hi-ya friends and neighbors!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written because I was in the middle of the Shrimp Festival last weekend here on the island and boy, what a festival! We had a great time with a larger crowd than last year, good food, super music, and arts & crafts and antiques. Contest winners are listed, many with pictures or video, on the festival website … http://www.shrimpfestival.com
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so today is “rush right out and get her something” day, for those who procrastinate. If you are trying to decide what to get her, a quick look at ideas at Kaboose.com might be the trick. Once you land on the page, on the right is an ad that starts up with sound, click the pause button (I think ads that start with sound are annoying, like seeing the same ad run twice in one spot set on TV). http://holidays.kaboose.com/mothers-day/
So there has been a bunch of things happen on the Web since I last wrote. Among them, a new Google search look, Net Neutrality and the FCC, and Facebook is making your information public, again. So, let’s dive into the the sea of Internet streams in this issue of JWL …
Yep, Google continues to evolve it’s search feature. Now, when you bring up the engine, all you see is the clever pic and a place to enter your query, that is, until you click on the page, then everything else comes into view. Then, once you have clicked the button to find results, a whole new look appears. On the left side you get choices on how to pursue your search including images, videos, maps, news, shopping, books, blogs … on and on. This is why Google remains the top search engine in the world. They continue to evolve and make things easier to use. http://www.google.com
So, the FCC is still pushing all things being equal with internet connections. But the subject of Net Neutrality is not done and the consumer is waiting. If you use Comcast, by the way, they have already been caught throttling their speeds. That is, sometimes you get full download and upload speed as advertised, most times you don’t. You can call and complain, but don’t hold your breath. AT&T isn’t perfect either and since they’re two of the biggest consumer sources for connecting to the Web, they are the two who are complaining the most. Let’s see, they force most of the smaller ISP’s out of business by supplying more services and faster speeds, then when the profits are hitting an all-time high, the government steps in and wants fair use for all, and the big guys complain. Is that about right? I dunno, but it all smells funny to me. MG Siegler at Tech Crunch has the whole story here … http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/05/fcc-net-neutrality/
I read and took the test from the story written by CNET’s Dennis O’Reilly entitled Protect your privacy online and elsewhere and was amazed. Yes, Facebook is mentioned (they just want everyone to know what everyone else is doing and where they live and how to get in touch with them), but it’s important to note that your information gets on the Web by various means. Some of it is good, some not. Tying in his story with Public Awareness Week, he links to the ID theft risk assessment which allows you to find out how much about you is public information.
This week, my son-in-law, Rich posted a site I wrote about some time back that is a flash game which allows you to flip a cow. If you time it right, the cow lands on her feet and moo’s and you score points from the target area. If you don’t flip her far enough, or too far, she crashes and you don’t get any points. Funny, yes. A bit strange, yes. Have fun anyway … http://home.wanadoo.nl/rijvers1/moorhexen/flingthecow.swf
Jim was just out of Navy boot camp, and was on his first ship. About two hours out of port, he began to get a bit ill from the motion of the ship. He approached an ensign, also just out of training and on his first cruise. He saluted and said, “Excuse me sir, I am feeling seasick, and I wondered if I may have permission to go downstairs to the dispensary.”
The ensign returned his salute and replied, “Sailor, you are in the Navy now. You don’t go downstairs, you go below! There is no dispensary on this ship, there is sickbay. Not only that, that is not the floor, it is a deck, that is not the ceiling, it is the overhead, that is not a pillar, it is a stanchion, that is not a water fountain, it is a scuttle- butt. If I ever hear you using civilian words instead of Naval jargon, I will throw you out of that little round window over there!”
In a Purdue University classroom, they were discussing the qualifications to be President of the United States. It was pretty simple, the candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years of age.
However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair was the requirement to be a natural born citizen. In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president.
The class was taking it in and letting her rant, but everyone’s jaw hit the floor when she wrapped up her argument by stating, “What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country than one born by C-section?”
Yep, these are the same 18-year-olds that just elected the new President of the United States. Now we know why.
Last summer my wife and I met a couple at a restaurant. After lunch, the women decided to go shopping, and I invited the man to go sailing.
While we were out on the water, a storm blew in. The tide had gone out, and we were down-wind trying to work our way back through a narrow channel. At one point the boat grounded and we had to climb overboard and shove with all our might to get it back in deeper water.
As my new friend stood there, ankle deep in muck, the wind blowing his hair wildly, rain streaming down his face, he grinned at me, and with unmistakable sincerity said, “Sure beats shopping.”
A six-year-old ran up and down the supermarket aisles shouting frantically, “Marian, Marian!”
Finally reunited with his mother, he was chided by her: “You shouldn’t call me ‘Marian’. I’m your mother. You should call me that.”
“I know,” said the child, “but the store is full of Mommies.”
And thank you for your time and willingness to get this WebLetter. Have a great weekend and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in this readership.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
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