Jim’s WebLetter for 7/3/10

Hi-ya net neighbors!

It’s the third of July and on this eve of our nation’s birth, I want to wish those of you here in the USA a happy birthday! It is actually on this day that the Constitution was drafted and completed naming us a Republic. And while many of us may argue with the way things are being run out of our nation’s capital, we all can pause this weekend and with great pride realize our rights under that document. Among them, the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to pursue happiness. And to those who have lived and died to perpetuate those rights, we salute you. Among the dead, a new name. That of John R. Thirsk who served in World War II and went on to be with our Lord this past week. He was 90. Yesterday his family and many of his friends attended his memorial. I am proud to say he was my father-in-law.

If you have noticed anything at all about the Web world, it’s the fact that it’s no longer just on the desktop or laptop computer. It’s available on smart phones and TV, too. Remember Skype, the phone over the internet service that has recently upgraded from just phone calls to video? Well, they’re at it again. Now you can Skype over the TV. “New Web-connected televisions from Panasonic and Samsung now ship with the Skype software preloaded. Add a TV webcam and you’re ready to make high-definition video calls from the your sofa”, according to a recent article in Gadgetwise. Soon, more TV’s will include built in microphones and the ability to download and install applications. The next thing you know, the TV is your complete computing system. Look for it to be commonplace by next year. http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/skype-puts-video-calls-on-your-tv/

Speaking of smart phones, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the new Kin line of phones because, no one is buying them. The Kin and Kin2 phones were designed for younger audiences with direct links to Facebook and other social sites with easy to use drag and drop aspects allowing the user ease of connecting to friends and making calls. So much for that idea. Maybe it was ahead of its’ time. Maybe it was just too different from the other phones. But the decision to stop the sales comes only 45 days after it was released. http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/02/life-and-death-of-microsoft-kin-the-inside-story/

Folks who live around Chicago must enjoy the Museum of Science and Industry. Their website is just chocked full of interesting things. Clicking on the Online Science link took me to several things that are fun to do, and the education button shows some of the different events that take place there. I need to put that on my “things to do” list whenever I get the chance to visit the Windy City … http://www.msichicago.org/

There’s a new game on the Web and it’s the most lifelike version of golf I have played. It’s World Golf Tour and after you log in, you can play for free by yourself or with friends and family. No download or software to install. The graphics are HD quality and after you get the hang of it, you are hooked. It’s a great way to take a break and enjoy playing online … http://www.wgt.com/

A man decided that he was going to ride a 10-speed bike from Phoenix to Flagstaff. He got as far as Black Canyon City before the mountains just became to much and he could go no farther. He stuck his thumb out, but after 3 hours hadn’t gotten a single person to stop. Finally, a guy in a Corvette pulled over and offered him a ride. Of course, the bike wouldn’t fit in the car. The owner of the Corvette found a piece of rope lying by the highway, and tied it to his bumper. He then tied the other end to the bike and told the rider that he would drive slow.
Everything went fine for the first 30 miles.
Suddenly, another Corvette blew past them. Not to be outdone, the Corvette pulling the bike took off after the other.
A short distance down the road, the Corvettes, both going well over 120 mph, blew through a speed trap.
The police officer noted the speeds from his radar gun and radioed ahead to the another officer that he had two Corvettes headed his way at over 120 mph.
He then relayed, “…and you’re not going to believe this, but there’s a guy on a 10 speed bike yelling to pass.”
(thanks, Chet)
A Texas Department of Water representative stopped at a ranch and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, ‘I need to inspect your ranch for your water allocation.’
The old rancher said, ‘Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.’
The Water representative said, ‘Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me. See this card? This card means I am allowed to go WHEREVER I WISH on any agricultural land. No questions asked or answered. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?’
The old rancher nodded politely and went about his chores.
Later, the old rancher heard loud screams and saw the Water Rep running for the fence and close behind was the rancher’s bull. The bull was gaining on the Water Rep with every step.
The Rep was clearly terrified, so the old rancher immediately ran to the fence and shouted out…..
Your card! Show him your card!’
(thanks, Jake)
Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, ‘Was I getting in or out of the bath?’
The 94-year-old yells back, ‘I don’t know. I’ll come up and see.’ She starts up the stairs and paus es ‘Was I going up the stairs or down?
The 92-year-old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters, she shakes her head and says, ‘I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood.’ She then yells, ‘I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.’
(thanks, dad)
A study published in the journal “Neurology” says that people who snore are more prone to getting headaches. No reason is given.
My theory: It’s because their spouses hit them on the head all night long trying to get them to stop snoring.
(thanks, Kathy)
Have a great weekend and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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