Jim’s WebLetter for 8/13/11

Hi-ya neighbors and friends!

Google began introducing games on its social network Thursday, and while it is starting with just a few options, they include big-name games like Angry Birds from Rovio, Bejeweled Blitz from PopCap Games and Sudoku. Games were one way that Facebook gained so many users and Google is hoping to cash in on the attraction. Google+ users will see a Games page at the top of their newsfeeds and can click on it to play games or see gaming updates from friends. For me, Angry Birds is all I need … http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/games-in-google-fun-that-fits-your.html

Meanwhile, Google’s Videos app, the official video player for Android Market movie rentals, has been updated to work on Android smartphones with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) system. The app was only supported on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the Android tablet operating system. In Google Videos, tap on the small Market icon on the top right on the main screen to open up the Movies section in the full Android Market app. Movie rentals are good for 30 days, but once you start playing the rental, you only have 24 hours to finish it. http://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1257653

Loffles is a new Web site where users choose from a selection of prizes, watch a commercial in order to be entered to win that prize, then answer two or three questions to confirm that they viewed the commercial. You can enter a contest for a prize as many times as you are willing to watch additional ads. According to their stats, users spend an average of about 16 minutes a day perusing prizes and watching commercials on the site. There are several success stories making this a bookmark and one to return to often … http://loffles.com/home

Pixton is a dynamic online app that lets you create highly customized comic strips. The site also features an active community of cartoonists and plenty of comics to read. Watch the video to see how easy it is to change a frame and create a comic series … http://www.pixton.com/

While making rounds, a doctor points out an X-ray to a group of medical students.
“As you can see,” she says, “the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched. Michael, what would you do in a case like this?”
“Well,” ponders the student, “I suppose I’d limp too.”
(thanks, Sarah)
Upon entering the little country store, the stranger noticed a sign saying DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG! posted on the glass door. Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash register.
He asked the store manager, “Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?”
“Yep, that’s him,” he replied.
The stranger couldn’t help but be amused. “That certainly doesn’t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?”
“Because”, the owner replied, “before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him.”
(thanks, Roger)
A prominent politician was pleased and proud that the local sandwich shop in a town he was visiting had named a sandwich after him.
He was somewhat less pleased after he found out what was in it.
“Mostly baloney,” said the proprietor.
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll catch up with you next. Until then, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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