Jim’s WebLetter for 10/11/13

Hi-ya Neighbors and Friends!

Something new and I think clever has begun in the UK.  I began writing this WebLetter many years ago while working as a DJ for a station in Jacksonville, as a means for me to grow closer to my listeners.  It became the last station I broadcasted from because in December of 1999 I left the air to pursue things of the Internet.  Since then, and I think you will agree, not much new has happened to radio.  You still hear people talking, playing music and trying to make a living selling products and services through commercials.  But people get bored.  The younger demographic discovered new ways to listen to what they wanted to hear, when they wanted to hear it by purchasing songs from such places as iTunes and downloading them onto iPods.  Other product makers quickly jumped into the fray and as a result, fewer people listened to the radio.  But now, BBC radio stations are helping to bring their popularity back with an online service called Playlister.  Sign up for free and create your own list of favorite songs being played by the UK stations.  The playlists can be downloaded and shared.  The benefit to the stations?  They learn what songs are most liked by the listener.  They are also the go-to place for listeners to hear the songs in their entirety before adding them to their playlists.  Clever?  I think so.  Only time and the ratings will tell.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24460275

NSA spying not withstanding, Web surfing has rapidly become a means for the big internet companies to track wherever you go and whatever you do.  Browsers from developers such as Mozilla’s Firefox have a means to help protect your searches, but a  new company named Disconnect Search provides a cloaking that prohibits the likes of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft from tracking you in order to use your information for advertisement purposes.  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disconnect-search-lets-you-use-google-bing-and-yahoo-without-being-tracked/

For those of us who use Google Maps for finding directions to destinations, there comes news of an upgrade which allows you to track more than one destination at a time, up to 9 locations.  This is especially helpful when plotting a vacation or weighing your options as to which location to visit first.  And “upcoming events” allows you to type in the name of a venue and with its location, get a list of upcoming events scheduled for that particular location.  http://mashable.com/2013/10/09/google-maps-adds-multiple-destinations-to-directions-feature/

Finally, here’s a story of a joke that went a little too far.  Seems that an employee of Google Australia entered in the suggestion box the idea that because of distances between buildings the the Googleplex, that a monorail should be installed, “because we’re lazy and besides how cool would it be to have a monorail.”  Sure enough, monorail cars have been purchased.  http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/10/10/google-engineer-submits-joke-support-ticket-asking-for-a-monorail-google-buys-

(NOTE:  This is a blonde joke and is not intended to demean anyone because of hair color or gender)

Bob walked into a sports bar around 9:58 p.m.
He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV just as the 10:00 p.m. news was coming on.
The news crew was covering a story about a man preparing to jump off the ledge of a building downtown.
The blonde looked at Bob and said, “Do you think he’ll jump?”
Bob said, “You know, I bet he’ll jump.”
The blonde replied, “Well, I bet he won’t.”
Bob placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, “You’re on!”
Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.
The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bob saying, “Fair’s fair. Here’s your money.”
Bob replied, “I can’t take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 p.m. news so I already knew he would jump.”
The blonde replied, “I saw it too, but I never thought he’d do it again.”
(thanks, dad)
A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmation dog. The children fell to discussing the dog’s duties.
“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.

“No,” said another, “he’s just for good luck.”

A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”
(thanks, David)
Have a great weekend friends, and as I say each week, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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