Jim’s WebLetter for 7/14/12

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

In case you might have missed it, the Summer Olympics will begin in a couple of weeks in London. What’s going to be great this year is the technology will allow for great looking video broadcast online. In fact, NBC is reporting that their broadcast efforts will be free to iOS and Android devices. And it’s not going to be just scores and highlights. We’re talking live coverage. http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/07/12/nbc-to-stream-olympics-free/

The university of Michigan health services has developed an app for iPad and iPhone that help you to screen yourself for skin cancer. This free app named UMskincheck can be set up to remind you to periodically check yourself for anything unusual like a mole or red rash. The program shows you how to take a series of 23 photos that cover your entire body to develop a baseline for future photo comparisons. With 2 million Americans diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year, it is the most common cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, one in five Americans develop skin cancer at some point. http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/cancer-skinapp-0710?part=propeller&subj=news

It’s getting to the point where hackers are accessing passwords and exposing them on a regular basis. This week, it was Yahoo’s turn, where some 450,000 accounts were hit. According to a report from a hacking group known as D33D Company, many of the passwords were as easy as 111111 and 123456. You can read the rest of the story, but suffice it to say, it’s important to have a good password and to change it periodically. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/yahoo-passwords-hacked-likely-taken-through-yahoo-voices/2012/07/12/gJQA6IsOfW_story.html

Finally, something to consider, something to watch. Jane McGonigal has a story to tell about her serious injury and brain concussion that led to her developing a game to bring her back. This game is simple and easy to follow. She has research that proves it will lead to a longer, healthier life that can enrich others who are going through difficulties in their own lives. After watching and participating in her multi-step game, I thought you should see this TED video too … http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life.html. Or read the TED blog to get details of her video …

On a U.S. cruiser, the officer of the deck asked the starboard lookout, “What would you do if a sailor was washed overboard?”
“I’d yell ‘Man overboard!” answered the lookout snappily.
“Good,” said the officer. “Now what would you do if an officer fell overboard?”
The lookout asked, “Which one, sir?”
(thanks, Henry)
Johnny was one of those holy terrors. You know, the kind of child that is into everything, can’t keep still, drives you crazy. His father was surprised when Johnny’s mother suggested that they buy him a bicycle for his birthday.
“Do you really believe that’ll help improve his behavior?” the father asked.
“Well, no,” the mom admitted, “But it will spread it over a wider area.”
(thanks, Karen)
Our six-year-old daughter, Terra, has a need to ask questions … lots of questions. Finally, one day, my wife had it.
“Have you ever heard that curiosity killed the cat?” my wife asked.
“No,” replied Terra.
“Well, there was a cat, and he was very inquisitive. And one day, he looked into a big hole, fell in, and died!”
Wide-eyed, Terra whispered: “What was in the hole?”
(thanks, Jennifer)
Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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