[donspatch] 2010-08-01

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First word, from Don:

All my life I've said 'I can work with sweat in my eyes
but when my feet get cold I'm going to the house' but
this is one of those summers which makes me doubt the
wisdom of my preference.  On the other hand I guess Texas
is always hot this time of year but every year I forget
just how hot it really feels and I'm always surprised all
over again.  As much as I truly hate to travel this might
be a good time to visit our web-friends in Canada.  Eh?
Maybe so.

Hope everything is cool and calm at your house.

See you next time,

Don

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Section One by Don.

An interesting art-related English language site from
Japan.   http://www.dnp.co.jp/artscape/eng/index.html

The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present).
http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/index.htm

Assisted living is a viable alternative for senior
citizens.   http://mag.assistedlivingsearch.com/

It's always interesting to know what folks are up to.
http://www.trendhunter.com/

A useful utility if you're using a 32 bit Windows OS.
http://www.malte-weiss.de/software/DiscSpaceReporter/

An easy way to print CD and DVD covers.
http://www.undercoverxp.tk/

Some Windows goodies from Piriform.
http://www.piriform.com/products

DIY perfect french fries.
http://tinyurl.com/36rpusy [seriouseats dot com]

My niece-in-law was totally annoyed when I got
on her case for mixing up 'bear' and 'bare' but
I sent her this link anyway...
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/bare.html
...and there's lots more where that came from.
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html

Video mail anyone?   http://www.eyejot.com/

Personal budgeting simplified.
http://buddi.digitalcave.ca/

Easy cash manager.
http://2pic.moor-software.com/sbp.php?lang=English

Easy merchant accounting.
http://www.cybia.co.uk/easymacc.html

The great idea finder.
http://www.ideafinder.com/home.htm

I thought this freebie was gone for good but
I was wrong.  DIY t-shirts.
http://www.hanes2u.com/tshirtmaker/freetrial.php

A quick way to learn a few details about your
computer.   http://www.supportdetails.com/

Movie reviews.
http://blogs.indiewire.com/spout/

Wanna website?  http://www.multimania.co.uk/

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Section Two by Lisa.

Ji Yong Ho, artist.
http://bit.ly/a6wIQO

What's better than a laughing baby?
http://bit.ly/d93ddx

Cool tiny apartment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg9qnWg9kak

An eBay alternative for artisans.
http://www.zibbet.com/

Sometimes it's hard to find song lyrics
without popups, malware or even viruses.
These sites are good ones.
http://www.jumbojimbo.com/
http://bit.ly/cjA5Gt
http://www.cowboylyrics.com/

Conjugate French or English verbs.
http://www.verb2verbe.com/

An Irishman's blog about the Enlish language.
http://stancarey.wordpress.com/

What people are paying.
http://www.costhelper.com/

Pixel art and cartooning.
http://bit.ly/bt5RJ7

Training, rescuing and owning pit bull dogs.
http://www.pbrc.net/
http://bit.ly/d3oHRE
http://bit.ly/a3Yy5D
http://bit.ly/cNKMLz

Science, reason and critical thinking.
http://crispian-jago.blogspot.com/

A couple of room deodorizers
without icky chemicals.
http://bit.ly/b4JdxT
http://bit.ly/8XHJSZ

Not quite family-friendly,
Allie's blog is quite amusing.
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

What can you do with vintage handkerchiefs?
http://bit.ly/d6mEQc

Antiques and collectibles.
http://antiques-collectibles-auction-news.com/

Help and resources for hoarders, clutterers
and compulsive shoppers.
http://bit.ly/dzenmu

End of Section Two.


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This issue's collection of online news, blogs,
magazines, videos  and/or other informational
sites.  These are chosen for maximum diversity
regardless of 'spin' and in some cases may
have offensive or questionable content.


Section Three by Don.

Someone asked me how he could put all his favorite
websites on his browser home page.  I sent him
here:   http://www.allmyfaves.com/

If you're a news junky you may like this.
http://www.genieo.com/

When they had their own TV show they were backed
up by a studio orchestra.  These days they have
to play their own music but they're as good as
ever.  Check 'em out!   http://www.shanana.com/

I'm going to be 62 in October and have decided to
'officially' retire (right now I'm de-facto retired
because I'm unemployed, which pays considerably less)
I visited the website to see what I could do to
simplify the process and found I could apply online.
Today we received official notification in our snail-
mail.  I'll be getting monthly direct-deposits to
my bank account from the U.S. Government starting
in mid-December.   http://www.socialsecurity.gov/

Babble is a word game.   http://www.playbabble.com/

Go beyond Instant Messaging and scribble with your
friends.   http://coccinella.im/

Safe ways to keep up with your passwords.
http://tinyurl.com/2cz7nt [cyberciti.biz]

Information on more than 130,000 authors and 300,000
of their books.   http://www.authorandbookinfo.com/

The online books page.
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/authors.html

Author Search helps you find documents
written by a specific person even if the
author is cited differently.
http://help.scopus.com/robo/projects/schelp/h_autsrch.htm

Literary index.   http://www.galenet.com/servlet/LitIndex/

Detailed book reviews.   http://www.allreaders.com/

The tourist map of literature.
http://www.literature-map.com/

Finding similar authors.   http://www.similarauthors.com/

Social networking for book-lovers.
http://www.shelfari.com/

Cliche finder.   http://cliche.theinfo.org/

The concept is to be able to load all your favorite
Windows apps onto a thumb-drive and take them with
you to access them from any Windows machine.
http://www.portablefreeware.com/

It's also possible to install a complete
Linux operating system on a thumb drive.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
http://goo.gl/7S8p [lifehacker

End of Section Three.


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Section Four by Lisa.

Why wait for 'ever after'?
http://authenticalex.blogspot.com/

Houses in miniature.
http://call-small.blogspot.com/

Here's a happy thought.
http://bit.ly/9TeFN9
http://bit.ly/dByrPW

Prudence helps us with our problems.
http://bit.ly/cLO6gL

I've gotten very interested in
mosquito control lately.
http://bit.ly/cnDcWu
http://bit.ly/my1aQ
http://bit.ly/ad1N9U

Dave Barry in Cyberspace. Just
say yes to everything.
http://bit.ly/9UAvnb

Vast resource for science and math.
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/

No shirt, no shoes, no problem.
http://www.sinkie.com/

Archive of the Salem Witch Trials.
http://bit.ly/c9AIUe

Sticky-note airplanes.
http://www.iamcal.com/misc/noteplanes/

Bringing biology to life.
http://biologyinmotion.com/

Different dwellings.
http://simplydifferently.org/

Find, share, and discuss speed traps.
http://www.speedtrap.org/

DIY furniture refinishing.
http://www.refinishfurniture.com/

A resource for DIY music.
http://www.tonepad.com/

The American Civil War homepage.
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/

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Section Five by Don.

I can't think of a reason why I'd want to send an anonymous
email but if I did, there's plenty of alternatives.
http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.html
http://www.sendanonymousemail.net/
http://www.mytrashmail.com/
http://www.tempemail.net/
http://send-email.org/
http://www.anonymousfeedback.net/index.php?action=send
http://www.anonymbox.com/
http://www.anonymailer.net/
http://www.mailinator.com/
http://www.theanonymousemail.com/
https://www.anonymousspeech.com/
http://www.sharpmail.co.uk/
...and for those who're truly paranoid about privacy...
http://www.hidemyass.com/

This is the sort of 'random act of kindness' that I could
get into.   http://www.kiva.org/

Clipart.   http://www.wpclipart.com/

Find out if you've got what it takes to play the stock
market without endangering any of your hard earned bucks.
http://www.forex.com/open-account.html?type=practice

Google featured this fellow a few days ago.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Mucha
http://www.muchafoundation.org/MHome.aspx

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Section Six by Lisa.

Making things fall down.
http://www.implosionworld.com/

The Food Museum Online.
http://www.foodmuseum.com/

What we believed as children.
http://www.iusedtobelieve.com/

Library and Information Science news.
http://www.lisnews.org/

Lionel Hampton was a national treasure.
http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/hampton/

Wheels when you want them.
http://www.zipcar.com/

Can't be too soon for me.
http://bit.ly/cRV4pR

NTN makes television and movies accessible
to the blind and visually impaired.
http://www.narrativetv.com/

Lots of freeware.
http://freeware.intrastar.net/

How to make those beautiful
polymer clay creations.
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/

Nursing home abuse and neglect resource center.
http://www.nursinghomealert.com/

Anonymous email on secure servers.
http://bit.ly/9emLxY

Teach yourself anything in
less than three months.
http://bit.ly/9emLxY

All your Google apps in one place.
http://gpanion.com/

Graphic designers' clients from hell.
http://clientsfromhell.net/

A good management technique.
http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

End of Section Six.


The Linux Corner.

Ubuntu Linux tips and tricks.
http://ubuntulinuxtipstricks.blogspot.com/

Linux security; a few useful, tactical tips.
http://tinyurl.com/27rhxky [osnews.com]

Learning Linux.   http://www.learninglinux.com/

The Linux tutorial.   http://www.linux-tutorial.info/

Doctor Bob's lowfat Linux.   http://lowfatlinux.com/

Linux news and info.   http://www.linux-tip.net/cms/

The widipedia entry on Linux makes interesting reading.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux


A Little Humor.

Why it's better to be a Woman:

We got off the Titanic first.

We get to flirt with systems support men who always
return our calls, and are nice to us when we blow up
our computers.

Our boyfriend's clothes make us look elfin & gorgeous.
Guys look like complete idiots in ours.
We can be groupies. Male groupies are stalkers.

We can cry and get off speeding fines.

We've never lusted after a cartoon character or
the central female figure in a computer game.

Taxis stop for us.

Men die earlier, so we get to cash in on the life insurance.

We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.

Free drinks, Free dinners, Free movies, etc.

We can hug our friends without wondering
if she thinks we're gay.

We can hug our friends without wondering if we're gay.

New lipstick gives us a whole new lease on life.

It's possible to live our whole lives
without ever taking a group shower.

We don't have to fart to amuse ourselves.

If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

We can congratulate our team-mate
without ever touching her butt.

If we have a zit, we know how to conceal it.

We never have to reach down every so often to
make sure our privates are still there.

If we're dumb, some people will find it cute.

We don't have to memorize Caddyshack or Fletch to fit in.

We have the ability to dress ourselves.

We can talk to people of the opposite
sex without having to picture them naked.

If we marry someone 20 years younger,
we're aware that we look like an idiot.

Our friends won't think we're weird if we
ask whether there's spinach in our teeth.

There are times when chocolate
really can solve all your problems.

We'll never regret piercing our ears.

We can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.

We know which glass was ours by the lipstick mark.

We have enough sense to realize that the easiest way
to get out of being lost is to ask for directions.

---

I tried to find a similar piece on the advantages of being
a man but what I found was either chock full of unsavory
language or poorly written.  I'm not sure what that says.


Tips for This Issue.

Tech support.
http://www.smartcomputing.com/techsupport/default.aspx
http://www.pctechnician.com/

Web security.   http://www.staysafeonline.org/

Home decor ideas.   http://www.unique-home-decor-ideas.com/

Fairly geeky and/or commercial info.
http://www.techuserguide.com/


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welcome and you can even write
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From our web-sibling Patrick Barden.
( http://romanroadwalker.posterous.com/ )

Keeping growing children clothed is challenging.  This
site can help.   http://www.thredup.com/


From our web-sibling Jo-Ann (Jo) Burton:

( Jo's site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharinglinks2/ )

Industrial design.   http://www.designboom.com/eng/

It's about babies.   http://www.babycenter.com/

Lots of info on books.   http://www.powells.com/

Entertainment weekly.   http://www.ew.com/ew/

Celebrating soup.   http://www.soupsong.com/index.html

Automotive obsession.   http://jalopnik.com/

The ballerina gallery.   http://www.ballerinagallery.com/

A very cool jewelry designer.
http://www.kileygranberg.com/index.html

Fancy food.   http://fxcuisine.com/

Superhero obsession.  http://www.thesuperest.com/

News from the Green front.   http://green.venturebeat.com/

Left of zen.   http://leftofzen.com/

A very time consuming hobby.   http://www.sillof.com/

Tech news and info.   http://www.instantfundas.com/

Green design.   http://inhabitat.com/

A very interesting blog.   http://funhight.blogspot.com/


From our good friend Dee Jordan.

An interesting airline.
http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/kulula.asp

Biblical geography.   http://www.openbible.info/geo/
More where that came from.   http://www.openbible.info/


From our web-sibling John Lepse.

( John's blog: http://hucknjim.blogspot.com/ )

The low down on icky bugs.
http://tinyurl.com/36mnzo2 [gardeners dot com]


From our web sibling Sandy Martin.

Here's a very powerful commentary on education by Dennis
Prager.  http://tinyurl.com/36qgelc [nationalreview dot com]
Dennis has a radio program.   http://www.dennisprager.com/


From our web-sibling Randi Simon-Serey.
( http://s182.photobucket.com/albums/x53/chowchowgrl/ )

Become a writer, one page (and one day) at a time.
http://www.onepageperday.com/


Thank you Patrick, Jo, Dee, John, Sandy and Randi.


Last word, from Lisa:

I've been in a cleaning and organizing mode
these past weeks and now have a functional
clothes closet and a few other rooms in the
house.  It's more relaxing, as long as I
keep up with all my new maintenance routines.
Wait...what did I just say?

Anyway, life is hectic and fun, and I
wouldn't have it any other way.

'Til next time,

Lisa

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Sunday, August 1, 2010
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