Jim’s WebLetter for 6/11/11

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

It’s the weekend and how’s the weather for ya? If we don’t get some rain soon, my pond out back will be a mud hole. Weather guessers say we’ll see some this next week. We’ll see. Meanwhile, I’ll keep my website of radar images from several weather observatories available at http://weather.jimonline.com

With economic times being what they are, it’s always good to hear of something to help out. In Beta form, Sciddy is online with discounts for adults 55 and older. Just put in what you’re looking for in the area you shop (closest city in some cases) and it will show what’s available. You can find such categories to choose from as Food & Drink, Travel & Transportation and Home Services like Air Conditioning and Home Repair. If you own a business and want to contribute, there’s a place to sign up, too. http://www.sciddy.com

Of course, Coupons.com is a great place to find coupons for most anything. Shop by your zipcode and find coupons for grocery shopping, as I did today. Grocers are also advertising on the site (Publix had an ad on for buy one get one deals they’re doing right now). But you’ll find coupons and special discounts on all sorts of things, from computers to baby supplies. Sign up for free and get exclusive access to members-only savings, rewards and special promotions. Once you have selected what you want, you will find the total in savings at the top and a link to print them out. Follow the instructions and you’re on your way to savings at the store. http://www.coupons.com

Facebookers, here’s another notice of a Facebook security issue being opened up. Facial Recognition will be a part of Facebook in a few days as they will scan every photo in their huge database taken from their millions of users, and suggest names of the people in those images. If you want you can opt out of this program, but you will be automatically included in the database anyway. Opting out means you just won’t be tagged. The thing is, this is another example of Facebook pushing something on us without asking if it’s OK to do it. They initiated the feature by default which means if you don’t go in and disable it, you’re a part of the process. Suffice it to say, on the outside it’s a cool feature, on the inside however, you might want to be careful who sees your kids faces, or faces of people who are in other countries where religion, human rights, or life iteself is in question. So, here’s how to turn the thing off … http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20070045-285/how-to-disable-facial-recognition-in-facebook/

Speaking of Facebook, it’s looks like they’re looking to create a facelift as they have just purchased the Dutch software design company Sofa noted for making “friendly, useful products”. http://www.madebysofa.com/

Finally, for something completely different … Google users were pleasently surprised this week when they visited the search site and found a stringed instrument that can be strummed with the mouse pointer or with the pressing of certain letters on the keyboard. Even better, record and send a link of the recording to a friend. As you Google users know, the search giant uses different figures and imaging to emphasize important dates in history. This one represented Les Paul’s 96th birthday, had he lived to celebrate it. The use of Shockwave allowed the designer to create the name “Google” with the use of strings and boards with the acoustic holes as the “o”s in the name. It was such a hit, Google has created a page to save it for everyone to enjoy … http://www.google.com/logos/2011/lespaul.html

Our local paper runs a popular column called “10 Questions” that spotlights people who live in our community.
In addition to the usual inquiries about occupation and age, people are asked questions that give a snapshot of their personalities.
Recently one woman was asked, “What’s the strangest thing you ever bought?”
She answered, “Dog toothpaste.”
Next question: “What is the most common thing people say to you?”
Her answer: “Where did you get such white teeth?”
(thanks, Rand)
Did you know that when a woman wears a leather dress, a man’s heart beats quicker, his throat gets dry, he gets weak in the knees and he begins to think irrationally? Ever wonder why? It’s because she smells like a new golf bag!
(thanks, Kathy)
A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the Caribbean when they got to talking. The lawyer mentioned, “I’m here because my house burned down and everything got destroyed by the fire. The insurance company paid for everything.”
“That’s quite a coincidence,” remarked the engineer. “I’m here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a flood. My insurance company, too, paid for everything.”
There was a brief pause, and hen the puzzled lawyer asked, “How do you start a flood?”
(thanks, Chet)
Two physicians boarded a flight out of Seattle. One sat in the window seat, the other sat in the middle seat. Just before takeoff, an attorney got on and took the aisle seat next to the two physicians. The attorney kicked off his shoes, wiggled his toes and was settling in when the physician in the window seat said, “I think I’ll get up and get a coke.”
“No problem,” said the attorney, “I’ll get it for you.”
While he was gone, one of the physicians picked up the attorney’s shoe and put a thumbtack in it. When he returned with the coke, the other physician said, “That looks good, I think I’ll have one too.”
Again, the attorney obligingly went to fetch it and while he was gone, the other physician picked up the other shoe and put a tack in it. The attorney returned and they all sat back and enjoyed the flight.
As the plane was landing, the attorney slipped his feet into his shoes and knew immediately what had happened.
“How long must this go on?” he asked. “This fighting between our professions? This hatred? This animosity? This putting tacks in shoes and spitting in cokes?”
(thanks, Joanne)
And that’s this week’s peek at the Web, friends. Have a great weekend and if you get rain on your property, don’t brag about it. We will all be waiting our turn. God bless you and keep you safe.

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