[donspatch] 2011-08-01

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First word, from Don:

Sorry to be posting a few days late but we were able to
hire some help on the home-building front and, for the last
couple of weeks, I've been kept extremely busy as a helper
and gofer.  Today, after working outdoors in temperatures
in excess of a hundred degrees for several days in a row,
I took the day off (after running a few errands for the
plumber) to get this issue completed and, equally
important, to spend some time out of the heat!

I was the stand-in bassist for a blues trio, called Step
Aside, from San Antonio (TX) at the Buchanan Beach Club in
Buchanan Dam (also TX) last evening.  Working with a blues
band was a first for me and it's been years since I played
the bass all night.  Challenging but fun and I guess I did
well enough.  The other two fellows in the band seemed
pleased and suggested that they may call on me again.
Go me!

See you next time,

Don

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Section One by Don.

Looking for answers?
http://www.ehow.com/
http://www.justanswer.com/
http://www.makeuseof.com/
http://www.answerbag.co.uk/

Medieval architecture, knightly life, and medieval society.
http://www.medieval-spell.com/

Nuts about Photoshop.   http://www.tipsquirrel.com/

Mike Elgan insists that Facebook is tyranical.
http://snipurl.com/soypr   [www_computerworld_com]

When Firefox updates, it turns off add-ons that are not
compatible with the new version. This article explains
how to get your add-ons working again.
http://snipurl.com/t8vmc   [support_mozilla_com]

Online, real-time brainstorming (and mind mapping,
whatever that is).    http://www.mindmeister.com/

As I intimated parenthetically, above, I don't know what
'mind mapping' is but here's another app for it.
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Helping to keep the bad-guys at bay.
http://thatsnonsense.com/index.php

Ammunition against the bad-guys on facebook.
http://facecrooks.com/

The latest news on web security.
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/

Why anyone would cheat at solitaire?
http://snipurl.com/sjlh6   [news_softpedia_com]

Here's an easy way to share an email with your twitter
contacts.  http://twitemail.com/

Are you connected to the Internet?
http://amiconnectedtotheinternet.com/


Here's a way you can meet and get to know people who
share your interests.   http://www.iamconnected.com/

End of Section One.


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Section Two by Lisa.

Everything will be fine.  Really.
http://make-everything-ok.com/

Very often when we're homesick,
it's a lot about the food.
http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/

A really good cooking show.
http://www.youtube.com/show?p=xqr9T35ybYU&s=1

Take a break, watch this.  Take a break, watch this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxtdjDRbjFU

Yeah, we know geeks are sexy.
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/

Could you be an Autocompleter?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blB_X38YSxQ

Because inventions are fun.
http://inventorspot.com/

Need a good reason to take photos often?
http://dailyshoot.com/

How many words do you know?
http://testyourvocab.com/

Amazing scuptures.
http://bit.ly/gPzqZ  [binscorner dot com]

Crazy search terms.
http://whoogles.com/

Beautiful animal pictures and stories.
http://allcreatures.tumblr.com/

Insert tongue in cheek and read.  Fun!
http://jdcarriere.blogspot.com/

Brazil's Galleria Melissa has an unusual piece.
http://www.youtube.com/user/melissachannel?blend=1&ob=5

End of Section Two.


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This issue's collection of online news, blogs,
magazines, videos  and/or other media related
sites.  These are chosen for maximum diversity
regardless of 'spin' and in some cases may
have offensive or questionable content.
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/index.php
http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/
http://www.notreble.com/
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/
http://www.capitaltimes.co.nz/
http://www.erraticimpact.com/
http://www.erraticphenomena.com/
http://www.erraticradio.com/
http://erraticwisdom.com/
http://erraticsouls.com/
http://www.futurity.org/
http://www.dailykos.com/
http://www.lostateminor.com/
http://inkygirl.com/
http://www.smartbrief.com/index.jsp
http://mashable.com/
http://www.curvygirlguide.com/
http://beggingtheanswer.blogspot.com/
http://www.flightglobal.com/home/default.aspx
http://www.dalailama.com/
http://www.naturalnews.com/
http://computing2.com/
http://dialectblog.com/
http://www.strategy-business.com/
http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/
http://pewresearch.org/
http://www.lispector.com/
http://www.nonhumanslavery.com/


Section Three by Don.

George Carlin's lovely, talented, witty daughter, Kelly.
http://www.thekellycarlinsite.com/

This is really stupid; cute, but stupid.
http://www.iywib.com/birds_with_arms.php

Try something new for 30 day (a TED talk).
http://snipurl.com/seswd   [www_ted_com]

A resource for programmers.   http://codingquery.com/

This one's about recovering.   http://www.sober247.org/

What's in a name?
http://www.behindthename.com/
http://www.whatsinaname.net/
http://library.thinkquest.org/4626/
Related but assuredly on the fringe.
http://www.kabalarians.com/cfm/whats-in-a-name.cfm

Arr, what's yer pirate name matey?
http://www.piratequiz.com/

The etymology of names in the Harry Potter series.
http://www.theninemuses.net/hp/

51 free tools to stay informed and invisible on the web.
http://snipurl.com/t3gng   [blog_survivalstation_org]

Anybody interested in having a Google+ client?
http://www.abelssoft.net/gclient.php

Of interest to old Americans like me, senior discounts.
http://www.sciddy.com/

Maggie Cary is an educator whom I follow on twitter.  In
this article she talks about facebook and privacy.
http://classroomtalk.com/?p=318

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Section Four by Lisa.

Ryan Estrada is an artist/adventurer worth watching.
http://ryanestrada.com/

Shout Out for real.
http://shoutomatic.com/

Google found some unusual search traffic and was able
to identify a malware on users' computers.  In this Google
Blog post, see what to do about it.
http://bit.ly/pYljnv  [google dot com]

Hidden, untouched and curious collections
from around the world.
http://www.astropop.com/secretmuseum/index.html

Discussion and ideas.
http://theconversation.edu.au/

I guess we should know most of these,
at least in self-defense.
http://www.gaarde.org/acronyms/

A reverse-image-lookup service that tells you where
an image came from, and other relevant info.
http://www.tineye.com/

More Google fun;  Let Me Google That For You.
http://lmgtfy.com/

Correspondence deserving of a wider audience.
http://www.lettersofnote.com/

A short history of fingerprinting.
http://onin.com/fp/fphistory.html

Valuable photography blog.
http://www.stuckincustoms.com/

There's a site called Hangout Party where Google+
Hangouts are featured and everyone can watch.
http://www.hangoutparty.com/

Have you learned something new today?
http://todayilearned.co.uk/

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Section Five by Don.

What is an 'eggcorn'?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggcorn
Now, here's a database of eggcorns.
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/browse-eggcorns/

Misheard song lyrics.   http://www.kissthisguy.com/

A dictionary of slang.   http://onlineslangdictionary.com/

The most recent words to have been added to the Oxford
English Dictionary.   http://www.oed.com/public/newwords0611

How would you like to learn how to program in Javascript?
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/learn/javascript

'The Uninvited Guest' a photo essay by Marsel van Oosten.
http://500px.com/photo/1236461

A couple of sites which Windows users may appreciate.
http://snipurl.com/ss2kc   [support_microsoft_com]
http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/en-us

What everyone should know about the dangers of electricity.
http://snipurl.com/ss24e   [www_physics_ohio-state_edu]

A romantic love story.   http://www.juliewillyoumarry.me/

Guide to grammar and writing.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm

A nerdy but informative article on web security.
http://snipurl.com/sw4sn   [techcrunch_com]

What is a favicon?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon
An online editor for creating your own favicon.
http://www.favicon.cc/
How to add a favicon to...
A websitehttp://snipurl.com/sofjq  [www_createblog_com]
Blogger.   http://snipurl.com/spoyq   [bloggingtips_com]
Wordpress.   http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Favicon

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Section Six by Lisa.

Free and open access to much of
Europe's rich film history.
http://www.europeanfilmgateway.eu/

Understand your mind.
http://www.spring.org.uk/

Snowclones are the new eggcorns.
http://snowclones.org/index/

Almost busted.
http://xkcd.com/565/

Have fun getting back at scammers.
Who says the Internet doesn't have a sport?
http://www.419eater.com/index.php

This is one day late but you can start
saving your pennies to surprise your
favorite sysadmin next year.
http://www.sysadminday.com/

It's great to be a Food Renegade.
http://www.foodrenegade.com/

A father and son watch the first
and last Space Shuttle Launches.
http://bit.ly/oxyfRu  [flickr dot com]

Karakuri is the Japanese art of automata
(self-operating machines) a precursor to
their excellent robotics industry.
http://www.vimeo.com/24412432

How much (or little) do you actually see?
Nice little test that will amaze.
http://www.blindspottest.com/

Some of the strangest plants you'll never see.
http://bit.ly/gPzqZ  [binscorner dot com]

Google has free movies, just click and play.
http://www.youtube.com/movies?fl=f&pt=fm

Little-known Paul McCartney song, English Tea.  Lovely.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elgDBiYyWC0

Beautiful circus posters at the
Princeton University Library.
http://bit.ly/dFchy  [princeton dot com]

End of Section Six.


The Linux Corner.

30 Days With Ubuntu Linux by Tony Bradley of PCWorld.
http://snipurl.com/sn7iy   [www_pcworld_com]

The five best Linux netbook distributions of 2011.
http://bit.ly/pKXgtB [www_linux_com]

Jon 'maddog' Hall wishes Linux a happy birthday.
http://bit.ly/nE3V0B   [www_pcworld_com]

Lightweight Portable Security (fairly nerdy).
http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm


A Little Humor.

Sent in by Norm Koeckritz, who says he snagged them from
the July/Aug 2011 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine.

Sometimes it DOES take a rocket scientist ...

Scientists at NASA have developed a gun built specifically
to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners,
military jets, and the space shuttle, all traveling at
maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent
incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the
strength of the windshields. British engineers heard
about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields
of their new high-speed trains. Arrangements were made,
but when the gun fired, the engineers stood shocked as
the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the
shatterproof windshield, and smashed it to smithereens,
crashed through the console control, snapped the
engineer's backrest in two, and embedded itself in
the back wall of the cabin.

Horrified, they sent NASA the disastrous results of
the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield,
and begged the US scientists for suggestions. NASA's
response was just one sentence: 'Defrost the chicken.'


Puns for twisted minds

The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was
Circumference, who acquired his size from too much pi.

I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but
it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class,
because it was a weapon of math disruption.

No matter how much you push the
envelope, it will still be stationery.

A dog gave birth to puppies near
the road and was cited for littering.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One
hat said to the other, 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

I wondered why the baseball kept
getting bigger. Then it hit me.

The midget fortune-teller who escaped
from prison was a small medium at large.

When cannibals ate a missionary,
they got a taste of religion.

A backward poet writes inverse.

The soldier who survived mustard gas and
pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.

In a democracy, it's your vote that counts.
In feudalism, it's your count that votes.

Thanks Norm!


Tips for This Issue.

Getting started with Windows 7.
http://snipurl.com/t76vm   [windows_microsoft_com]

Speeding up Widows.
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/optimize.aspx

Tips on penciled artwork.
http://www.pencils.co.uk/hints.aspx

Reducing the physical stress of using your computer.
http://ergonomics.ucla.edu/Tips_users.html


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are always welcome and you can even write
your own link descriptions if you wish (just
tell me when you send them if that's what you
intended).  Guidelines are available here:
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From our web-sibling Patrick Barden.
( http://romanroadwalker.posterous.com/ )

Vodo is an awesome indie film resource.
http://www.vodo.net/

If you use a lot of brand-name products
this book of coupons is a good thing.
http://snipurl.com/zalj2   [www_pgeverydaysolutions_com]


From our web-sibling Jo-Ann (Jo) Burton:
(Jo's site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharinglinks2/ )

An eclectic little cartoon.
http://www.soapythechicken.com/

Brainy blogs.   http://bigthink.com/

Americans with hair under their noses.
http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/

More than trivial, less than encyclopedic.
http://www.lovetoknow.com/

Thousands of poems by Nicholas Gordon.
http://poemsforfree.com/

What's in a kiss?   http://www.kissing.com/

Visitor caution advised (I'm guessing some of this content
isn't family friendly).   http://www.txt2nite.com/menu.html

Jonathan beaton's blog.   http://jonathan.beaton.name/

A lot of stuff that's, well, cool.
http://www.thecoolhunter.net/

A fascinating one-man-band.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azb9kN1fgwc

The website of a computer nerd who's also a programmer.
http://qntm.org/

They describe their contents as gossip.
Points for honesty.   http://gawker.com/

Making life easier?   http://www.realsimple.com/

Odds and ends and, well, bits and pieces.
http://bitsandpieces.us/

Till Nowak's digital art.   http://www.framebox.de/


From our craft-happy web-sibling Vinette (Vi) DePhillipe,
here's an interesting article on Betsy Ross and quilting
(scroll down past the ad to get to the article).
http://tinyurl.com/3jobq2x [how-to-quilt dot com]


Norm Koeckritz didn't actually send me a link, he sent me
an email with some scary images in it (ok, scary to me
because I'm afraid of heights) and I found a couple of
web pages which had the same images on them.  Scary.
http://thinksquad.net/2011/04/23/cleaning-windows/
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/28297


From our 'other brother' Bill (Beeyil) Lanoue.
( Bill's blog http://ncvietvet.blogspot.com/ )

The National Broadband Plan seems like a great idea but I
wonder how soon it's liable to happen and what it's liable
to cost us.   http://www.broadband.gov/


From our web-sibling John Lepse.
( John's blog: http://hucknjim.blogspot.com/ )

This skin grafting technology is truly amazing (video).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXO_ApjKPaI

The most menacing malware in history.
http://tinyurl.com/5w96fbr [wired dot com]

Mathieu Bich fooled Penn & Teller (video).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpthjI1z2FM

Ray Charles performing America,The Beautiful (video).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xk1P1913y0

The humpback whale that got away (video).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBYPlcSD490

Google+ privacy settings you should know (article).
http://gplusprivacy.notlong.com [networkworld dot com]

Clark Retirement Community LipDub *Official* (video).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ7-n930zJo

Can Facebook and Google+ Coexist? (article)
http://bit.ly/oKGBOc [pcworld dot com]

A TED talk on becoming a better listener (video).
http://dohngep.notlong.com [ted dot com]

An NPR piece entitled "Five Texas Bluesmen Who Paved The
Way For Stevie Ray Vaughan".  While this is an excellent
piece I was surprised that Buddy Guy wasn't mentioned.
http://tinyurl.com/3fvqn2h [npr dot org]


I snagged this awesome art site from a posting by Google+
friend Pooja Srinivas.  http://www.conceptart.org/


Thank you Patrick, Jo, Vi, Norm, Bill, John and Pooja.


Last word, from Lisa:

I've been having a great time beta-testing Google +.
It's hit over 20 million users in 4 weeks and I
believe that the reason is that it is easy and very
intuitive to use.  Many people are coming up with
innovative ways of using it to enhance their personal
and professional lives and once it's open to the
public, many more will follow.  Above all, I
think the Hangouts feature is going to revolutionize
how we interact.  I've already had Hangouts with
online friends from India, Portugal, Washington DC,
Virginia, Austria and on and on... It's funny, you
can write to people, but they become real when you
can talk to them.  Many businesses are gearing up
to do customer service with Hangouts, and they'll
have many more happy customers because of it.

If you like to try it, drop us a line.  I think it
may go public in a few days, but that's just a
rumor as of now.

Not much personal news except to complain about
the weather once again.  We've had consistent
temps of over 100 degrees with no rain and it's
wearing a little thin.

As usual, folks, the adventure continues...

Lisa

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