[donspatch] 2008-09-01

  • From: Don Crowder <don@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Donspatch, " <donspatch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 00:44:10 -0500

Don's Patch #100,  September 1, 2008  from http://www.don-guitar.com

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First word, from Don: 
 
My guitar which was recently refretted by Jay Pawar of Ohio (the fellow
who made it for me in the first place) for less than the best price I could
get anywhere else, has developed some problems so it needs to go back
to the "doctor".  The "inexpensive" guitar I played while "my baby" was
getting refretted is currently in the hands of my left-handed (like me)
grandson Dalton and I'm in no position to walk into a music shop and
purchase a left-handed guitar off the rack so I was pleased to find a
nicely made, used, little known but excellent quality brand, left-handed
electric guitar on eBay that I was able to purchase for $129.95.  That's
still more than I really wanted to spend but just lately I've been playing
two or three days a week and that's welcome revenue.  With only one
not-quite-right guitar to my name, and the reality being "No play,
no pay", buying another became mandatory.   I just hope its condition
is as good as described (the seller's feedback rating was 99.6% positive
on 944 transactions).

All my life I've claimed that I kept a day job so I could afford guitar
strings.   In retrospect, that's awfully close to the truth of the matter.
I'll have to get another day job soon, once mom's house is sold and
we've found another place to live.  Meanwhile I've a few sets of
guitar strings left so I'm good to go.

Take note!  This is the 100th issue of this publication.  Big deal?
Well, it is to us.  How many of you have received all 100 issues?
How about a little feedback here?  At least an attaboy, what say?

Best regards to everyone.   We're honored to be welcome in your
homes.   See you next time.

Don 
 
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Section One by Don. 
 
The Tech Museum of Innovation.   http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/

Have you checked out ThinkQuest lately?  It's a bring-your-lunch sort
of site that changes every year.   http://www.thinkquest.org/en/

Physics for kids.   http://www.physics4kids.com/index.html

Optics for kids.   http://www.opticalres.com/kidoptx_f.html

Tony van Roon is a ham radio operator and electronics experimenter
who also likes to cook.   http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/

An unusual site with interesting pages to read.
http://www.being.com/main.html

A site for adolescent girls.   http://www.beinggirl.com/en_US/home.jsp

Reading matter on science, engineering and medicine.
http://www.nap.edu/

Those evil commies who were once such a formidable threat to freedom
and the "American way of life" are just another interesting website
these days.  http://www.marxists.org/
Wouldn't it be great if we could reduce bigotry, hatred and terrorism
to just another interesting website?  Sorry, that's a site I couldn't find.

Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte.
http://archives.obs-us.com/obs/english/books/nn/bdintro.htm

Being Jewish.   http://www.beingjewish.com/

Child Stats (U.S. government).   http://www.childstats.gov/index.asp

A very tongue-in-cheek blog ostensibly written by a black person.
http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/

The UK government.   http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm

Being Five is a comic strip by George Sfarnas.
http://beingfive.blogspot.com/

If you live in or near a large city this site might be useful.
http://www.yelp.com/

A site for western women in Japan.   http://www.being-a-broad.com/

All sorts of online info from the US Census Bureau.
http://www.census.gov/

End of Section One.  
 
 
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Section Two by Lisa 
 
Our sense of smell is really important stuff.
http://www.hhmi.org/senses/d110.html
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/smelltaste/smell.asp

Search engines are great, but what if you need a
little more direction?   http://42explore.com/

Have you heard of threading as a form of facial
hair removal?  Here's how to do it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q7NoDdPW3Y&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0TuVJl9ftY

Books, books and more books to read online.
http://chestofbooks.com/

Complete sun and moon data for one day.
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.php

A blog where personal finance is sexy, delicious
and fun.  http://www.squawkfox.com/

David Michael Bruno has instituted the 100 Thing
Challenge.  Could you do it?
http://www.guynameddave.com/100-thing-challenge.html

Apparently it's never too late for stroke victims
to improve mobility and productivity.
http://nottoolate.notlong.com

Make your own Optical Illusion, a Hollow Face Dragon.
http://grandillusions.notlong.com

Everything you need to know about dragons.
http://www.draconian.com/home/frameset.htm

A CT scan is made of a frozen baby mammoth.
http://babymammoth.notlong.com

Usable information technology.
http://www.useit.com/

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, a place to
learn and enjoy.   http://www.jhmi.edu/

Lots and lots of costless goodies.
http://www.topqualityfreeware.com/

The works of William Shakespeare.
http://shakespeare.mit.edu/

Costless apps from Terabyte.
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads-free-software.htm 
 
End of Section Two. 
 
 
At the time this issue was posted, 
the current subscriber count for 
this publication was 393. 
 
 
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 contents. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
http://nymag.com/
http://www.archmedia.com.au/
http://news.ask.com/news?&o=0&l=dir
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/
http://china.eastview.com/kns50/
http://www.impactlab.com/
http://www.eufeeds.eu/
http://www.ejc.nl/
http://www.indiatogether.org/
http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijcnds
http://www.intute.ac.uk/irs/index.php
http://www.marquettejournals.org/
 
 
Section Three by Don. 
 
Being Indigenous.   http://www.beingindigenous.org/

Timeline of computer history (and more).
http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/?category=cmptr

nef is an independent 'think and do' tank. 
http://www.neweconomics.org/gen/

Consumer trends and insights.   http://trendwatching.com/

Are you in advertising?  Here's your chance at a new life. :)
http://antiadvertisingagency.com/news/quit-your-job

Video diversions.
Bad day at the office.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4a1z7NLnNk
Tasteful, not even; cute, yes.  Banned commercials.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRiYkwtBK34

Is it constitutional?   http://www.constitution.org/

Do you have a website?  If youhaven't read my rant about internet self-
defense, you should.   http://www.don-guitar.com/webdefense.html

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.   http://www.cadca.org/

National (US) Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
http://www.mediacampaign.org/

I remember a character who I saw in the comics a lot; he was a hairy
hippy-looking fellow who carried a little sign which claimed that "The
End of the World is Near".   I never saw an actual person who was
carrying a sign like that but I'm sure there were such characters in
larger cities.  That scruffy looking fellow, and people of his ilk, have
kept up with the times and are now on the web.
http://www.countdown.org/

I dislike all sports and haven't the faintest notion what fantasy sports
are but if it's not greek to you, as it is to me, perhaps you'll enjoy this
site.   http://rotoguru2.com/general/home.html

Here's a cool wiki dictionary.   http://en.wiktionary.org/

KOQX is one very cool internet blues radio station.  They come and go a
lot because they refuse to broadcast advertising.  Right now, they're back.
http://www.koqx.com/

Who wants to take on a new career in Information Technology? 
http://www.intelligentedu.com/

How to do things.   http://www.howtodothings.com/

Who wants to make a slide show?   http://www.slide.com/
 
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Section Four by Lisa. 
 
Online tools from Chami.com.
http://www.chami.com/

The days are long, but the years are short.
http://www.theyearsareshort.com/

Why just a recipe site?  Why not a recipe search
engine?   http://www.foodieview.com/

George Tsutakawa; artist in fountains.
http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=5426
http://georgesfountains.notlong.com

The history, art and science of the Cowboy Boot.
The Lucchese site has sound.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_boot
http://www.lucchese.com/legend_video.php

"Wealth" by Andrew Carnegie.
http://alpha.furman.edu/~benson/docs/carnegie.htm

A small, useful uploader utility.
http://www.volny.cz/svopex/tinyuploader/tinyuploader.html

The National Model Railroad Association.
http://www.nmra.org/

John T. Edge, "the Faulkner of Southern food"
http://www.johntedge.com/

Parenting advice from Australia.
http://www.minti.com/

Want to make a great, inexpensive lightbox?
The Strobist is here to help you do this
and much more.
http://howtolight.notlong.com
http://macromagic.notlong.com

And one more lightbox.
http://sodoityourself.com/cheapest-light-tent-light-box/

Aboriginal Art Gallery from Curtin UT, Australia.
http://gunada.curtin.edu.au/gallery/

We're on the cusp of a new, more productive age.
http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge255.html#gin

A nice piece of writing.
http://www.ncnblog.com/2008/08/29/you-can/ 
 
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Section Five by Don. 
 
How far is it?
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/howfar.htm
More to explore.   http://www.worldatlas.com/

Aggressive popups but lots of info.
http://www.infoplease.com/

I don't know too many people who've chosen to do the sort
of work my friends Len and Pat Joy do.
http://www.childrensjoy.org.uk/home.cfm

Stand clear, this youngster might accidentally hit you with a
stick.   http://www.robpongi.com/pages/comboMOKINHI.html

Paul Hunt is a talented gymnast with a great sense of humor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO_BnsrWMnI

A community for poets and poetry enthusiasts alike.
http://www.pathetic.org/

This is interesting and probably as accurate as tea leaves or
the horoscope in the newspaper.   http://www.colorquiz.com/

How does your website do in terms of accessiblity (mine flunks
big-time).   http://checker.atrc.utoronto.ca/index.html

Are you colorblind?
http://www.toledo-bend.com/colorblind/ishihara.html
Note:  Online colorblindness tests can fail or render
false results due to problems in your computer monitor.
If the test indicates you're colorblind and this is not something
you were already aware of, you should have your eyes checked
by a professional.

A few sources for monitor background images.
http://www.uwgb.edu/alumni/spirit/wallpaper.asp
http://www.me.umn.edu/~grem/wallpaper/wallpaper.html
http://www.lawrence.edu/offices/web/wallpaper/
http://www.valpo.edu/admissions/wallpaper/
http://u-oregon.notlong.com
http://www.wwu.edu/depts/skywise/wallpaper.html
http://web.hws.edu/herons/wallpaper.asp
http://www.cedarville.edu/about/wallpaper.cfm
 
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Section Six by Lisa. 
 
To get enough Dilbert, you must go to
the source.   http://dilbert.com/

Ask and answer questions at the Answer Bank.
http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/

Programmers', webmasters' and security resources.
http://www.thefreecountry.com/

Costless apps and tools.  http://www.thefreesite.com/

Open-Source remote control software package.
http://www.tightvnc.com/

A desktop timeware utility.   http://www.timeleft.info/

Robert Young Pelton, adventurer and writer, takes
you to the world's most dangerous places.
http://www.comebackalive.com/site3.php?page_id=7

Copywriting tips for online blogger success.
http://www.copyblogger.com/

Science, engineering and medicine information.
http://www.nationalacademies.org/headlines/index.html

Alphonse Mucha, one of the premier artists 
of the Art-Nouveau movement.
http://www.muchafoundation.org/MHome.aspx

Very small software for your Windows PC.
http://www.tinyapps.org/

The Food Safety and Ispection Service has
lots of good advice for everyone.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/

Advice and tips for parents.
http://www.todaysparent.com/

Costless apps for images.
http://www.imagespro.com/programs/freeware/

Convert your image into HTML, ASCII or Matrix.
http://www.text-image.com/convert/

One more time; we love Skype.  It's one of our
very favorite things.  Be closer to the people
you care about.   http://www.skype.com/

Watch TV and movies online.
http://www.fancast.com/

Costless woodworking plans.  http://www.freeww.com/ 
 
End of Section Six. 
 
 
The Linux Corner. 
 
How to configure hotkeys on multimedia keyboards in Linux.
http://ale.freeshell.org/articles/hotkeys/hotkeys.html

Linux performance and tuning guidelines for IBM enterprize systems.
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/REDP4285.html?Open

The Linux Journal is always worth another visit.
http://www.linuxjournal.com/ 

Gotta love it, that's all I can say of this video.
http://blip.tv/file/1044179

Linux musicians.   http://linuxmusicians.com/

Linux Outlaws is a podcast about Linux and free and
open source software.   http://linuxoutlaws.com/

An interesting gallery of Tux images.  All are cute, some are funny and
many are wonderfully creative.   http://tux.crystalxp.net/en.1.12.html

 
A Little Humor. 
 
Historical evidence shows that William Tell and his family were avid
bowlers. Unfortunately, all of the relevant league records were destroyed
long ago in a fire.  Thus, we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled.

Q:   What's black and white and green, and black and white?
A:   Two zebras fighting over a pickle.

A man walked into his doctor's office with a sausage sticking out of
his ear, a waffle stuck under his arm, and bacon lodged in his nose.
He asked worriedly, "Doc, what's wrong with me!"  The doctor replied,
"the problem is clear,  you're not eating properly!"

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
The food is great, but there's no atmosphere.

A patient says to his therapist, "I've had this strange feeling that I'm
actually a bridge."  The therapists remarks, "That's odd,  what's come
over you?"  The patient responds, "So far, five cars, two trucks, and a 
bus."


A man sent ten puns to a contest, hoping one of them puns would win.
Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

Customer:  Could I have a Game Boy for my son?
Clerk:  I'm sorry, we don't do exchanges.

Shouldn't there be a shorter word for "monosyllabic"?

Patient:  Doc, I think my tonsils need to be taken out.
Doctor:  Fine, I'll make the reservations, will dinner and a movie be ok?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

Why is the alphabet in that order, is it because of that song?

A man calls the hospital, saying frantically, "My wife is in
labor, please send an ambulance!" The nurse tells the man
to relax and asks, "Is this her first child?" The man
responds, "No! This is her husband!"

 
Tips for This Issue. 
 
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/default.mspx
http://www.barrysbestblog.com/
http://www.onlinecomputertips.com/
http://www.computertips.com/Default.htm

 
Contributions From Our Readers. 
Links from readers are always 
welcome and you can even write 
your own link descriptions if you 
like.  Guidelines are available here: 
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From our web sibling Patrick Barden. 
( http://rrwbushangel.blogspot.com/ )

Patrick insists that he's not over the hill.   http://notoverthehill.com/

Are there any good stories from your hometown?
http://hometowntales.com/

Patrick sent me something like this in an email and I found a similar
website to use in the ezine.   Here you go, a color test.
http://www.fireworkspop.com/colortest.htm

Fancy that!
http://www.thelopezfamilyonline.com/play.php?first=Patrick%20Barden
I sort of figured it out, can you?
http://www.thelopezfamilyonline.com/play.php?first=Don%20Crowder


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

Oh yeah!  My kind of video!   http://foodtube.net/

What's for breakfast?   http://www.mrbreakfast.com/

A food blog.   http://www.slashfood.com/

American presidents blog.   http://www.american-presidents.org/

The British museum.   http://www.britishmuseum.org/default.aspx

The world  clock project.   http://www.worldclockproject.org/

Flossed your mind lately?   http://www.mentalfloss.com/

Designed for high school and college teachers and students,
History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and
offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/

FDR cartoon archive.   http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/index.html


From our web sibling Judy Freeman.

Seven amazing holes.  http://deputy-dog.com/2007/09/09/7-amazing-holes/

Check out Jerry the dog!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PcL6-mjRNk

My Linux computer had a terrible time with this one, maybe you'll have
better luck?   http://youniverse-personality.notlong.com


Our other brother Bill Lanoue found some cool images here...
http://www.livescience.com/php/multimedia/imagegallery/
...and of course there's more to explore on the home page.
http://www.livescience.com/
( Bill's blog http://ncvietvet.blogspot.com/ )


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

John has become and avid fan of Open Source products.  Check
this out.   http://www.theopendisc.com/programs/

Quote of the day.   http://www.qotd.org/

How to clean stuff!   http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/

A social network for book lovers (hey Patrick, check this out!).
http://www.shelfari.com/

Derek Paravicini is a pretty awesome fellow.
http://videos.komando.com/2008/08/31/an-unlikely-musical-genius/


From our friend Lee Parmeter who 
is also the mind-behind our local 
Highland Lakes Linux Users Group. 
http://www.hllug.org/

Practical technology for practical people.
http://practical-tech.com/

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols' blog.
http://blogs.computerworld.com/sjvn

Our web sibling Randi Simon-Serey has discovered, and become
fascinated with, Julian Beever, who's famous for his sidewalk art.
http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Beever
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOV1srK0hhg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfn8Dz_13Ms


Thank you Patrick, Jo, Judy, Bill, John, Lee, and Randi.

 
Last word, from Lisa: 
 
It's nice to get back to writing a full-featured ezine,
though our lives are getting more complex rather than less.
There is less stress, but more to do.  Generally speaking,
I've always been happiest when I have just a little "too
much to do" in the time available.

I hope that all our readers have just a little too much
to do, and the best of love and luck.


'Til next time,

Lisa 
 
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Lisa at myspace.com.  http://www.myspace.com/81825549
Lisa's blogs.
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http://thedirtgoddess.blogspot.com/

Don at myspace.com http://www.myspace.com/donguitar
Don's blogs.
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http://don-guitar.blogspot.com/ 
 
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http://www.don-guitar.com/babbleon.html 
 
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