Even though Spring hasn’t “sprung” as yet, you can’t prove it with the wonderful weather we’ve been having. And in the midst of the fine weather are events going on here on the island almost on a weekly basis. Last weekend it was the Concours d’Elegance, this weekend, the Shriners come to Fernandina with a parade, and we have the 3rd Annual Rib Cookoff that many will be lining up for, including me. I’ll have some highlights by video on the FernandinaLiving.com site soon.
Meanwhile, here are a few things I came across while working on the Web this week …
Hear that sound? It’s the spam wheel grinding to a halt, at least at one of the leading spamming companies. This week, Federal agents with the help of Microsoft closed down Rustock, a company using a ‘botnet’ that had infected as many as one million computers and was known for sending literally billions of spam emails a day. Microsoft’s digital crimes unit was able to finance the investigation which resulted in the termination of the spammer. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20044480-75.html?tag=nl.e703
If you’ve ever used flight booking sources like Expedia and Travelocity, you might want to try another source … Hipmunk is a new flight search site that makes it easy to find the right flight with its unique interface by showing you all the interesting results on one page. Yea, one page instead of several. Hipmunk focuses on helping you find the right flight as quickly as possible … not bombarding you with distractions like ads. It’s a time saver. http://www.hipmunk.com/
An application called Xobni takes the effort out of organizing, searching, and navigating your email. Xobni creates an information profile for each person you interact with and pulls up historical information that is relevant to what you are working on. It displays contact information, threaded conversations, attachments, related people, email usage statistics, and information from the web. Then it organizes your communication data and makes it available through a combination of navigation and super fast search. It works with social media as well as Outlook and other email programs. By the way, the name is actually the word “inbox” spelled backward. You can download a free version … http://www.xobni.com/
The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp honoring the one hundredth anniversary of the first flight by the Wright Brothers.
The first man in powered flight was from Ohio.
The first man ever to orbit Earth was from Ohio.
And the first man on the moon was from Ohio.
It sounds like a lot of people are trying to get out of Ohio.
One of the funniest memories I have of the trials and tribulations of making the journey from childhood to adulthood was our annual summer vacation trek from Chicago to a cabin usually someplace on a lake in Wisconsin or Michigan.
Every year, it seems, we would get on a highway a few miles out of the city, and mom would wail, “Oh my goodness! I think left the iron on.” And almost every year we would turn around and go back. But as I recall, not once was it was ever plugged in. She often had the same fear that all our earthly possessions would disappear in a fire caused by her forgetfulness.
When I was about 14 years old, we were headed out of Chicago for Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and, sure enough, Mom gasped, “I just know I left the iron on.”
My father didn’t say a word, just pulled over onto the shoulder of the road, got out, opened the trunk and handed her the iron.
Little Susan was mother’s helper. She helped set the table when company was due for dinner. Presently everything was on, the guests came in, and everyone sat down. Then Mother noticed something was missing.
“Susan,” she said, “You didn’t put a knife and fork at Mr. Smith’s place.”
“I thought he wouldn’t need them,” explained Susan. “Daddy says . . . he always eats like a horse!”
So, that’s the lot of it for this week, friends and JWL readers. Have a great weekend, be looking for some highlights of the Shriner’s parade and Rib Cookoff on FernandinaLiving.com, and as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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