Jim’s Webletter for 5/25/13

Hi-ya Friends and WebFolks!
Happy Geek Pride Day … betcha didn’t know this was a designated day for geeks, huh?  Remember when it used to be that geeks were looked down on?  Well, the world’s #1 Geek isn’t now.  Bill Gates, reportedly the world’s richest man, has brought the level of “geekdom” to a level of respect – even admiration.  He and his wife have together helped countless millions of people worldwide with their non-profit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/).  But this isn’t a day just for them.  Simply, Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture.  The date was chosen to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope on 25 May 1977.  Now it seems that’s it’s cool to be geek.  How times have changed.  http://readwrite.com/2013/05/23/geek-pride-day-celebrate
So let’s look at some geeky things this week … a site called Cool Things does just that. Gadgets of all kinds are shown here along with stories about them.   You can check out news and reviews … discover and share all things cool.  There’s also an individual place for kids.  http://www.coolthings.com/
Geek.com is a technology news weblog about hardware, mobile computing, technology, and all manner of geeky subjects. It was founded back in 1996 and has changed hands a couple of times, but still provides the latest news about gadgets and how-to-do stories worth reading.  http://www.geek.com
If you used Google for search on Thursday, you saw a picture of a little girl running to her dad who had come back from fighting in Afghanistan.  Although it was a memory she had when she was 10, this high school senior drew it an submitted it to the Doodle 4 Google competition and was picked from among 130,000 entries.  For it, she received recognition along with enough money to attend college.  Here’s the image along with her story … http://www.google.com/doodle4google/
Kloudless is a free to use web service made for Gmail users whose favorite browser is Google Chrome. The function of this service is to help you automatically create a backup of the files that you are emailed to your Gmail address. The backup is created on the various cloud services that the extension supports, as an addon for the Google Chrome web browser.  When you install the extension, you are first required to connect your Gmail account with it. The next step is to connect one or more of your cloud service accounts.  So far, it supports Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive cloud services.  https://kloudless.com/
To keep their active two-year-old from roaming onto the busy street in front of their home, my sister and brother-in-law decided to put a gate across the driveway. 
After working over two weekends on the project, the dad was ready to attach the lock to complete the job. He was working on the yard side of the gate, with his daughter nearby, when he dropped the screwdriver he was using and it rolled under the gate, out of his reach. 
“I’ll get it, Daddy,” the little girl called, nimbly crawling under the newly erected barrier.
(thanks, Brenda)
When my daughter-in-law and I caught only one perch on our fishing trip … not enough for even a modest lunch … we decided to feed it to her two cats. 
She put our catch in their dish and watched as the two pampered pets sniffed at the fish but refused to eat it. 
Thinking quickly, my daughter-in-law then picked up the dish, walked over to the electric can opener, ran it for a few seconds, then put the fish back down. 
The cats dug right in.
(thanks, Robert)
Have a great Memorial weekend friends.  Please remember that this isn’t known as National BarBQ Day or the kickoff to summer.  It’s a time we remember those who served our nation.  May God bless you and keep you safe.
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