Jim’s WebLetter for 6/1/13

Hi-ya friends!
Gmail is changing.  What’s the latest?  The desktop version automatically filters your incoming mail into one of three categories, includes more free themes, allows for better interaction with Google’s Drive for storage and video conferencing made easier.  But check out their page to show you the improvements, which are also coming to mobile devices soon … https://www.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/features.html
I’ve shown you the Library of Congress in issues past, but you gotta check out the Digital Public Library of America.  Culminated from several libraries, this storage site will keep you locked in as you wander through the collection of notable and little known facts and figures.  I dropped an hour in here without even trying … fascinating!
Yea, it’s quirky, but the idea of space travel to Mars is being worked on by several scientists and space explorers here on Earth – even though a number of key factors must be considered.  Like for instance, the story released this week that revealed long periods of space travel results in extreme exposure to radiation which is detrimental to our health.  But if you can just put that aside for a moment and think of the distance between planets not in miles but in pixels, those tiny digital squares that make up color and shape, then this website will hold a fascination, albeit brief, of space travel.  In short, click the arrows, read the pop out phrases and get a laugh or two at Distance to Mars.  http://www.distancetomars.com/
Parents of young children (including those I know personally), click on Super Simple Learning’s most popular video, a charming rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and chances are your infant child will laser-lock onto its clever visuals. But unlike other kid sites that simply pair glitzy effects with trendy music, Super Simple Learning deals in educational songs and videos that focus on math and verbal skills. Each video is paired with coaching ideas for instructors, including preparation tools, activity ideas and song cues kids can act out as a verse plays.  http://supersimplelearning.com/
Both of my parents work and lead very hectic lives. So my father was bound to forget their wedding anniversary. 
Remembering at the last minute, he sped to the stationery store, flew through the door, and breathlessly asked the salesclerk, “Where are the anniversary cards?” 
To his surprise, he heard my mother call out, “Over here, Bill.”
(thanks, Doc)
Our power went out during a severe windstorm and the smoke alarm started to beep. The noise was so annoying I just couldn’t stand it. Home alone, I climbed up on a chair and using a kitchen knife, I took the alarm apart. Very pleased with myself, I was puzzled to hear the annoying beeping again. When my husband came home, I explained this strange situation. He looked at the wall, then back to me and said, “Well, I don’t know about the smoke alarm, but you’ve managed to take the doorbell apart.”
(thanks, Mike)
Have a great weekend friends, and may God bless you and keep you safe.
Jim’s WebLetter
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