Jim’s WebLetter for 12/17/11

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

Can you believe it’s next weekend … Christmas, that is. Have you gotten everything on your shopping list? Time to get things wrapped and shipped and then set back to enjoy Christmas and the New Year.

If you have the idea of shooting a lot of photos during your holiday, then you might find a need to reduce the photos to a smaller, more manageable size. I have used Shrink-omatic from Softonic. This is so easy to download and use. Once it’s set up, you just preset the size of the photos and where you want them stored (folder or onto a storage drive), then drag and drop them in and watch them convert. http://shrink-omatic.en.softonic.com/mac

Moodstream is a hypnotic website brought to you by the folks at Getty Images which offers a brainstorming tool made to help get your creative juices flowing. By just tweaking the mood sliders you can adjust a stream of images, footage, & audio that can help inspire your creative direction. Just follow the instructions … turn your speakers up. By the way, if you have an iPad, this is a flash site so you will likely not be able to access it with your Apple. http://moodstream.gettyimages.com/

Over the years of driving in Jacksonville traffic and up on Amelia Island, I have seen some pretty unusual occurances where drivers attempt to drive while using their cellphones for calls and texting. Imagine following behind a mother who is driving her child to school while holding a coffee cup in one hand, while talking on the phone with the other and … what is she using to steer the SUV with? Yea, I don’t know either. Now it seems that with the large number of accidents nationwide, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that lawmakers and other regulators ban the use of hands-free and handheld cell phones while driving. While it sounds like a good idea, there’s just one problem. Getting the millions of cell-driving citizens to obey the law. My thought is “good luck”. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-57342444-266/ntsb-calls-for-stricter-bans-on-cell-phone-use-while-driving/?ttag=fbw

Finally, as we close out the year and look ahead to 2012, rumors are already flying around about an updated iPad that is smaller (7.85 compared to the current 10) and more computers with quad-core processors that not only prove to be faster for tablets and laptops, but battery saving as well. I believe that the next generation of tablets, as well as smartphones, will show better quality computing and the Application developers will have opportunities to create more sophisticated programs that move us and help us live our lives to the fullest. By all indications, computing will only get better and the fields of technology will continue to grow providing jobs and revenue for those who jump in. I think the new year is going to be exciting!

I recently got out the boxes of Christmas decorations and I told the children (ages 10, 8 and 5) that they could start setting them out. They were very excited and each got to pick out favorite ornaments or figurines. Maria, the youngest, wanted to set up the Nativity scene and happily set to her task. As she concentrated on carefully unwrapping Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus, I overhead Maria singing this:

“Angels We Have Heard Online”…..
(thanks, Nancy)
A young man was walking through a supermarket to pick up a few things when he noticed an old lady following him around. Thinking nothing of it, he ignored her and continued on. Finally he went to the checkout line, but she got in front of him.
“Pardon me,” she said, “I’m sorry if my staring at you has made you feel uncomfortable. It’s just that you look just like my son, who just died recently.”
“I’m very sorry,” replied the young man, “is there anything I can do for you?”
“Yes,” she said, “As I’m leaving, can you say ‘Good bye, Mother’? It would make me feel so much better.”
“Sure,” answered the young man.
As the old woman was leaving, he called out, “Goodbye, Mother!”
As he stepped up to the checkout counter, he saw that his total was $127.50.
“How can that be?” He asked, “I only purchased a few things!”
“Your mother said that you would pay for her,” said the clerk.
(thanks, Ron)
Felix was playing golf with our town’s fire chief when he hit a ball into the rough. As Felix headed for the brush to find his ball, the chief warned him, “Be careful, the rattlesnakes are out.”
The chief explained that calls had been coming in all week requesting assistance with removing the snakes.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” Felix replied in astonishment. “People actually call the fire department to help them with rattlesnakes? What do you say to them?”
“Well,” said the chief, “the first thing I ask is, ‘Is it on fire?'”
(thanks, Max)
And that’s the WebLetter for another year. Friends, I sincerely hope you have a great Christmas and a happy new year. And as always I pray, “may God bless you and keep you safe”.

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