Jim’s WebLetter for 7/21/12

Hi-ya friends!

The news this week included a new CEO for Yahoo who has hit the ground running. Marissa Mayer moves over from Google. She’s young (37), experienced, married (to investor/entrepreneur Zachary Bogue) and pregnant. But can she turn the Yahoo ship around? Time will tell.

Remember how I recently mentioned about the video manager in YouTube with nice easy-to-use tools. Now you can upload your video and blur the face of your subject. This helps protect identity of minors or others in the video as well. Fast and free, that’s YouTube. http://techie-buzz.com/youtube/blur-face-youtube-video.html

The next thing to see is a Tom Hanks presentation … it’s the Animated Spy series called Electric City … A story of a post-apocalyptic world in which electricity is scarce and the criminal underground is alive. Reliance Entertainment out of India financed production and Yahoo agreed to distribute as part of its original content strategy. After watching the first two episodes, I am convinced that this opens up some ideas for great content and how it’s presented on the web. There are apps and a game that coincides with the series. http://electriccity.yahoo.com/ep10-en-never-the-two-shall-meet.html

Art of the Stars uses your IP address you are logged in on to draw a picture of the Star constellation directly above you. What is most interesting about this project is that it uses HTML5 to develop an application on the web in a similar manner to those currently built in mobile applications for the Droid and iPhone. http://www.nakshart.com/

There’s an app that enhances your iPad device allowing it to scan documents and save them for sending to a number of destinations from email to Facebook. In actuality, the app takes a picture of the document you want to scan, but it makes it easy to convert and send it. Besides its free … Genius Scan.


My quiet Saturday morning ended abruptly when my 12-year-old son, Billy, and one of his friends burst through the door.
“Hey Dad, announced Billy, “have you met the new neighbors?”
“Come on Dad, you have to meet them.”
“Some other time; I’m busy.”
“Dad, you have to meet them now.”
From the urgency in Billy’s voice, I assumed the neighbors were waiting outside. I set aside my project and went to the front of the house. No one was there.
“Where are they?” I asked.
“Well, Dad,” he explained, “we haven’t met them yet either, but our baseball is in their living room!”
(thanks, Karen)
Found this online – Have you ever wondered?

If money doesn’t grow on trees then why do banks have branches?
Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going to?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
What did cured ham actually have?
Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They’re going to see you naked anyway.
If a 911 operator has a heart attack, whom does he/she call?
Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural?
And that’s some of the things that are happening on the Wide World of Web this week. Hope you have a great weekend and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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