Jim’s WebLetter for 5/29/10

Hi-ya Weekend Webreaders!

It’s the Memorial Day weekend and all I hear on TV is “… going traveling? Take extra money with you” and “… use sunscreen when going to the beach”. Can we just take a breath here and remember what the extra day off is really for? Please? One story on the news this week was a 19 year old who came home from the war, in a box. He was given a hero’s welcome and was sent down to his resting place. But how many people are going to remember him by Monday? His name was Lance Corporal Philip Carter. Three purple hearts. It is for people like him that we continue to have Memorial Day. A famous and well loved President once said this:

“It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is remember.”
His name was Ronald Wilson Reagan. He made those remarks at the Veteran’s Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985.

Thank you, Mr. President.

There’s a movement going on … it’s starting with those in their late teens to early 20’s. And it’s all about privacy. You see, when it comes to the Web, what you say and what others say about you can be helpful or harmful in your future and thousands of job seekers are discovering that companies who hire are going online to find out if there is any reason why they should not want to hire that applicant. They search in Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. It’s one reason why the majority of complaints over Facebooks’ newest set of Privacy rules have come from that age group. We are discovering that it’s not so great to put everything about yourself out there for anyone to read and watch. What is one of the top rated searches on Google right now? A person’s name. Try yours yourself and see what you find (use the secure method of searching) … https://www.google.com

This week I read that Apple has overtaken Microsoft in value as the company now has more money in the bank due, in part, by stock prices. But several products being sold lately come to mind, like the iPhone and the iPad which was just released internationally. And I just read that the new iPhone will come with the Bing browser instead of Google. And what’s on tap for Apple? The new version of Apple TV which will include storage and the iPhone operating system and rumored, a $99 price tag. But hold the phone … The Wall Street Journal announced that Android is emerging as the “big rival” to iPad both in performance and price. You might want to hold off putting down the cash on the Apple iPad just yet and wait for the newer models getting ready to roll out in the second half of this year. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703630304575270761658543340.html

Because smart phones are becoming the popular computer of choice, millions are turning from constant use of their desktops and notebooks to the smaller, more mobile form of computing. Of course, there are several buggy things that need to be worked out, but my choice for phones is the Droid line of products … mainly because I have a Verizon account and also because the little Droid Eris is a very capable phone with all sorts of applications that serve to enhance it’s value (and I love the 5 megapixel camera). One such free app changes the size of the keyboard buttons on my touchscreen handset depending on what I’m typing making it easier to touch the key I want to type next. Called Thick Buttons, it certainly is easier to work with when trying to type using big fingers on a small keyboard. http://www.thickbuttons.com/

Since our move to the new home here on the island, I have become intrigued by the different number of birds we see around the pond that is our backyard. Herons and cranes, ospreys, woodpeckers and thrushes and of course, the visiting Canadian Geese. So the story from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute caught my eye this week as they just had two hatchlings from the rare white-naped cranes they are keeping up in their place in Front Royal, Virginia. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/05/smithsonian-sees-two-rare-crane-hatchings/1

Before you do anything else, enter Kim Komando’s Spring Gadget Giveaway. I have the link below giving you the chance to win a laptop, camera or even a 47-inch LG 3-D TV. “Every week, there’s a new prize. Every week, there’s a new winner” (great promo line, Kim!) … yea, it’s free to sign up … http://contest.komando.com

A stock analyst and a Wall Street broker went to the race- track. The broker suggested betting $12,000 on a certain horse. The analyst was skeptical; he had never been to the races before and wanted to understand the rules and look over all the horses before placing a wager.
“You’re too cautious and detail-oriented,” the broker criticized as he placed his large bet. His horse won and he raked in a bundle of money.
“What’s your secret?” the analyst asked.
“It’s simple,” the broker explained. “I have two kids … ages two and six … so I add their ages together and bet on number nine.”
“But two and six equals eight, not nine!” protested the analyst.
“See!” the broker replied, “I told you you’re too cautious and detail-oriented.”
(Thanks, Reggie … you have to appreciate english humor)
Subliminal Ads
I would like to thank all of the folks who emailed me about the “subliminal” Pepsi ads in ‘Top Gun’. As was pointed out more than once, here and in mail, the advertisements aren’t really subliminal if you can perceive them consciously. [drink Pepsi] I know what “subliminal” means [drink Pepsi] as opposed to superliminal, or ultraliminal, or megaliminal, or liminal, or whatever the correct phraseology is. [you love Pepsi] This kind of advertisement, though, while not totally invisible [drink Pepsi] is still real hard to see … I’ve seen Top Gun a total of six times now, and never noticed the Pepsi tray until my sixth time, on cable. After running the tape back thru again, I could tell that the Pepsi [drink drink drink Pepsi] logo was really there — not just a red-white-and-blue [Pepsi] smear.
Perhaps we need a new phrase for this half-overt advertising [bathe in Pepsi]. I propose the term “mood-advertising,” or perhaps “musak-vertising” … something which while there, you have to concentrate to perceive [Pepsi is good for you]. Once we put a name to this dread disease, we can set about finding a cure.

Gosh, I’m thirsty.
(thanks, David … I prefer Coke)
Sally was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the bottle. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 5-year-old daughter to answer the phone.
“Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.”
(Thanks, Lucy)
So have a great weekend, my friends and neighbors. And until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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