Jim’s WebLetter for 12/18/10

Hi-ya webfriends!

It must be the Christmas season because typically during this time of year, the box office is filled with movies worth watching. One such movie, which stands to become a cult classic as well as one of the most popular is Tron Legacy. Clearly, the movie displays top notch special effects even if the characters take a back seat to all the action. A number of ‘critics’ find the movie ambling and in some areas, pointless. But they said those things about a little movie that became one of the biggest influences to our culture: Star Wars. Can I compare the two movies? Sure can. Futuristic, fabulous effects, fun to watch, periods of on-the-edge-of-your-seat excitement. And Tron is in 3-D. I had fun and I give it two thumbs up. http://disney.go.com/tron/

This week, Time magazine announced it’s man of the year … Mark Zuckerberg, the face of Facebook because, as they said, “For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives”. When it was announced, I don’t think anyone was surprised.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2036683,00.html #ixzz18SgL9VUX

This weekend, if you browse the Web using Google’s Chrome browser with the application “Chrome for a Cause”, each tab you use will count toward a donation to one of five organizations of your choosing. For more information and a link to the free software, head to CNET’s News … http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20026099-245.html?tag=blogs;inSecurityComplexBlog

As with each January, comes the tradition of new year’s resolutions. Here’s one worth your time if you want to learn programming for the World Wide Web … Mozilla, the people who created the Firefox browser, will be offering courses beginning in January that teach HTML 5, javascript and CSS coding for free. Mozilla believes, according to Mashable’s Jodie O’Dell, that developer training is “both at the high school and university level … out of date, lousy and losing students.” Another problem is that younger learners simply don’t have access to good web dev learning resources. And certification training is expensive and often out of step with current practices. By creating a completely free, open training ground for developers and would-be developers of all stripes, Mozilla hopes to remedy some of the problems surrounding technology education. Interested? Registration is January 8th and classes begin the 26th. Here’s the story … http://mashable.com/2010/12/17/learn-html5-javascript-and-css-with-mozillas-free-school-of-webcraft/

Finally, the iPhone has an app that translates a sign into a language you can understand. Actually it translates Spanish and English at this point with other languages coming in the future, simply by pointing the phone’s camera at the sign or poster and using the app Word Lens. While it’s in it’s beginning phase, it shows that augmented-reality programming is useful and easy to use. Clearly, it would be great when visiting a foreign country to easily translate and read signs that point the way to where you are going. Sources say the app will have an Android version soon. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/12/word-lens-augmented-reality-app-translates-street-signs-instantly/

Holiday Cookie Recipe
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Purchase one or more tubes of ready-made cookie dough.
3. Go home.
4. Unwrap the cookie dough, carefully folding the wrapper inside-out and placing it at the bottom of your trash can. Better yet, bury it in the backyard.
5. Place cookie dough in bowl.
6. Before actually “baking,” use a teaspoon and drop small amounts directly into mouth. (forget the baking sheet).
7. Chew slowly and carefully, unless doorbell rings, children awaken from nap, or husband comes home from work early.
8. Brush teeth.
9. If stomach ache develops, follow with the “pink stuff”. Don’t call the doctor, it’s too embarrassing to explain.
10. Return to “baking” and cut off a portion of the cookie dough and smear it on a mixing bowl and spoon. Display bowl and spoon prominently so everyone can see your “work.”
11. Slice cookie dough, place on cookie sheets and bake in the oven. But don’t use a microwave because that won’t work. I just know this … I’ve never actually tried it. I mean, you’d have to be pretty silly to stick cookie dough in the microwave, only to watch it melt and run together into one giant patty which explodes in three minutes. I’ve never seen this happen … I’m just supposing.
12. Place cooled cookies on a hand-crafted platter and serve to your guests.
(thanks, Cheryl)
My wife, a registered nurse, once fussed over every pain or mishap that came my way. Recently, however, I got an indication that the honeymoon is over.
I was about to fix the attic fan, and as I lifted myself from the ladder in the attic, I scratched my forehead on a crossbeam. Crawling along, I picked up splinters in both hands and I cut one hand replacing the fan belt. On the way down the ladder, I missed the last two rungs and turned my ankle.
When I limped into the kitchen, my loving wife took one look and said, “Are those your good pants?”
(thanks, Henry)
On duty as a customer-service rep for a car-rental company, I took a call from a driver who needed a tow. He was stranded on a busy highway, but he didn’t know the make of the car he was driving. I asked again for a more detailed description beyond “a blue four-door.”
After a pause, the driver replied, “It’s the one on fire.”
(thanks, Tony)
The Navigator
This story is from sometime in the old era when cockpits had round dials plus flight engineers and navigators. It begins when a crusty old-timer captain is breaking in a brand new navigator.
The captain opens his briefcase, pulls out a .38 and rests it on the glare panel. He asks the navigator, “Know what this is for?”
“No, sir,” replies the newbie.
“I use it on navigators that get us lost,” explains the captain, winking at his first officer.
The navigator then opens his briefcase, pulls out a .45 an sets it on his chart table.
“What’s THAT for?” queries the surprised captain.
“Well, sir,” replies the navigator, “I’ll know we’re lost before you will.”
(thanks, Dean)
And that’s this week’s look into the Web from my perspective. Next weekend, I am taking a week off from writing as it’s Christmas. I hope and pray you and your family will enjoy the weekend and remember why Christmas needs to be celebrated. Until the new year, and as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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