Jim’s WebLetter for 8/7/10

Hi-ya Webfolks!

We took a trip to Texas for my high school reunion a couple of weeks ago. Now I discover that, if I had taken video and photos of where we went, I could post them and create an animated slideshow of sorts that would include an interactive map of the itinerary. I could have included photos, videos, Tweets, and even Foursquare check-ins from the trip. Tripline has launched to allow users tell a story of a trip by putting places, images and information on a map. They allow you to create a map of details by timeline. You can connect with Facebook to add any of your friends who went on the trip with you. And you can create maps from just your Foursquare checkins and/or geo-enabled Tweets. Fascinating. Maybe next time … http://www.tripline.net/

Heads up (for a moment) online newsreaders … Yahoo is turning news browsing into extreme searching. Called “Infinite Browse”, the new feature will include a box below Yahoo News articles that will suggest searches for specific terms. An existing search feature “Trending Now” lists, which bring trending topics to your browsing experience on Yahoo sites, has been upgraded with search. Now when you click on a Trending Topic, Yahoo will show you search results on Yahoo for that topic and suggests newsworthy topics based on the type of Yahoo portal your are on (ie sports topics on Yahoo Sports). Infinite Browsing and the search addition to Trending Topics are just additional examples of Yahoo pumping up search query volume through automated searches. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes Google to copy it and make it it’s own … http://news.yahoo.com/

Speaking of Google … have you tried out the newest “Images” search from them? The arrangement packs photos onto a page with searches redefined on the left side. When you mouse over the photo, it enlarges it for a better look. Click on it and it takes you to the page where the photo is found and enlarges the photo to the original size layered over the page. Clever. http://images.google.com

Finally, the man gets caught cheating on his expense account and is facing sexual harassment charges and is forced to quit his job … and he gets almost $35 million as a golden parachute? No, I’m not kidding. Mark Hurd, CEO of HP is walking away with pockets full of cash. The man is an embarrassment to one of the largest corporations in the world and he walks? Where is the justice in that? http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/hp-ceo-mark-hurd-resigns-unexpectedly-amid-scandal/

A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner. The price of a pretzel was 25 cents.
Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time and, as he passed her pretzel stand, he would leave her a quarter, but would never take a pretzel.
This went on for more than five years. The two of them never spoke.
One day as the man passed the old ladies pretzel stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel woman spoke to him,
“Sir, I appreciate your business. You are a good customer, but I have to tell you that the pretzel price has increased to 35 cents.”
(thanks, Mark)
Another man and I share a locker at work. Noticing that it needed a new combination lock, my partner said he would pick one up on his way to work the next day. It occurred to me later that I might not see him in the morning. How would I find out the combination? I needn’t have worried.
When I arrived at work I found that he had used the locker before me and had left a note reading: “To find the first number subtract 142 from your high score the last time we went bowling. The second number is 16 less than that. To find the third number subtract $1.87 from the amount you owe me.”
(thanks, Lacy)
A professor stood before his class of senior biology students, about to hand out the final exam. “I want to say that it’s been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you’ve all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after the summer. I don’t want anyone to get their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, so anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam now will receive a ‘B’ for the course.”
Naturally, there was much rejoicing in the class as students got up, walked to the front of the class and took the professor up on his offer.
As the last taker left the room, the professor looked out over the handful of remaining students and asked, “Anyone else? This is your last chance.” One final student rose up and opted out of the final.
The professor closed the door and took attendance of those students remaining. “I’m glad to see you believe in yourself,” he said. “You all get ‘A’s.”
(thanks, Brenda)
Thanks for your time, my time is my own and I appreciate using some of yours. Have a great weekend and I hope it rains all weekend … we need it. God bless you and keep you safe.

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