Jim’s WebLetter for 6/23/12

Hi-ya friends!

Well, I have another week’s worth of Web discoveries for you to check out.

Seems face recognition has reached the eyes of Mark Zuckerburg and he’s decided to do something about it. Facebook has acquired Face.com for a reported $100 million adding technology that enables facial recognition in photos to it’s social site. The Tel Aviv-based technology company developed a platform for efficient and accurate facial recognition in photos uploaded via Web and mobile applications. Http://www.face.com

Here’s a handy little website for parents who need a little help with family organization. The Chore Monster makes chores easier to track, easier to reward. My daughter-in-law, Erica is looking it over to possibly integrate it into their family …

Something else popping up on the Web – online studies. But not the boring sit-in-the-classroom kind. Math-oriented educational films can be found on Numberphile. http://numberphile.com/

Augmented Reality takes a big step forward with an app called Stiktu that lets users “stick things” to objects in the real world (add drawings, text, images and even stickers to magazines and posters), leaving invisible markers behind for others to scan and discover. http://www.stiktu.com/

And finally today, let me show you Shoebox. This is an app for iPhone and Android devices which allows you to take your valuable pictures, clean them and store them on the 1000memories website. Just lay the photo out, take a picture using your mobile device, use the software to clean up the picture of the picture, and save your old memories with a snap. And it’s free …

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two people: one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.
Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?” So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people: one to do the studies and one to write the reports.
Then Congress said, “How are these people going to get paid?” So they created the following positions: a time keeper, and a payroll officer, then hired two people.
Then Congress said, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?” So they created an administrative section and hired three people: an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
Then Congress said, “We have had this operating for one year and we are $38,000 over budget. We must cutback overall cost.”
So they laid off the night watchman.
(thanks, Howard)
An American visiting in England asked at the hotel for the elevator.
The portiere (doorman) looked a bit confused but smiled when he realized what the man wanted.
“You must mean the lift,” he said.
“No,” the American responded. “If I ask for the elevator I mean the elevator.”
“Well,” the portiere answered, “over here we call them lifts”.
“Now you listen”, the American said rather irritated, “someone in America invented the elevator.”
“Oh, right you are sir,” the portiere said in a polite tone, “but someone here in England invented the language”.
(thanks, Reggie)
That’s the weeks’ pick through the Web, friends and neighbors. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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