#190 August 1, 2014 from http://www.don-guitar.com It's been a busy month. Lisa and I played our first two gigs with a brand-new concept band, http://playitagain.co/ at Flat Creek Enoteca in Marble Falls (TX). http://www.flatcreekestate.com/scripts/cpg.cfm/18 We also attended the first meeting of Lisas new Highland Lakes Ukulele club (no guitars allowed so I bought a uke), https://sites.google.com/site/highlandlakesukuleleclub/ which got mentioned in a local paper. http://goo.gl/dC0oOV [dailytrib dot com] We also played a few gigs with our regular band. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turnabout/835629109797873 We got so many tomatoes from neighbors who garden that I dehydrated them and used my spice grinder to reduce them to powder so I can make instant tomato paste, puree or sauce, depending on how much water I add to the powder. The powder takes up very little space in the freezer and makes incredibly good sauces. Great stuff! And, surprisingly, I managed to find some interesting stuff to put in this obscure little publication as well, so I'm not doing half bad. :) Hope you enjoy this issue, don't forget to let me know one way or the other. Let's get to it... --- Archives: http://www.freelists.org/archives/donspatch/ Contact us: http://www.don-guitar.com/contactus.html Don on... Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Don-Crowder/1321324044 Twitter: http://twitter.com/eldergeek Google+. https://plus.google.com/u/0/106370117092434105137 Lisa on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Lisa-Miller/100006947013567 Twitter: https://twitter.com/lsmiller221 Google+: https://plus.google.com/+LisaMiller/posts Our email group is a (very) low traffic, non-topical, 'hanging with friends' sort of email discussion group available to our friends and subscribers. If you'd like to join the discussion, or just lurk and 'listen in', send us a message from our contact page and let us know what email address you'd like to be subscribed under. --- I saw a very interesting post on G+ a couple of days ago. Of course it also annoyed me because the, no doubt, well intentioned individual who created it carefully created an image which contained the information. I hate when people do that. To begin with, simple text is a lot smaller than an image and, in this case, there are no clickable links in an image posted to social media. Rant aside, I transcribed the image back into simple text so here's the post, with clickable links: Friendly reminder - You have nearly instant access to nearly all of human knowledge. Here are a few great places to learn some of it: https://www.edx.org/ https://www.khanacademy.org/ https://www.udacity.com/ http://www.openculture.com/ http://ed.ted.com/ http://www.mentormob.com/ http://www.memrise.com/ http://loc.gov/ https://www.coursera.org/ http://www.gutenberg.org/ https://learni.st/ https://www.boundless.com/ http://openstaxcollege.org/ http://collegeopentextbooks.org/ http://ocw.mit.edu/ http://oyc.yale.edu/ http://e-booksdirectory.com/ The met now offers digital access to some 400,000 artworks. http://www.metmuseum.org/collection the J. Paul Getty Museum also offers Open Content. http://goo.gl/j6BCC8 [getty dot edu] As does Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/explore-the-collection The U.S. National Gallery of Art. https://images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html And the Google Cultural Institute. http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project Artist Anne Karin Furunes creates awesome art by making holes in canvas. Unfortunately she doesn't have a website of her own, where she displays her work so the easiest way to get to it is to google her name... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=artist+Anne+Karin+Furunes Then click on the second search result, where it says 'Images for artist Anne Karin Furunes' and that will get you a host of images of her work, along with a photo or two of the artist herself. Blastolene, taking DIY transportation to new extremes. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-bkq0CSzjQ Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America. http://www.abandonedamerica.us/abandoned-homes Lisa's favorite online comic strip. http://www.casaweenie.com/ Lennon and Maisy, a couple of sisters who love to sing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-vNNK2r-Cc Here's an online, virtual computer offering you a choice of operating systems. http://copy.sh/v24/ How to make perfect crispy bacon every time. Lisa tried this and it works but, of course, we're cutting down on all foods which contain nitrites and/or nitrates. :( http://baconmethod.com/ A mysterious hole in the ground & a badly organized site. http://hideousmonster.com/melshole.html Costless alternatives to MS Word. http://goo.gl/5JLXRQ [gizmodo dot com] This is mainly aimed at industry professionals but, if you love getting nerdy, you might enjoy it. http://www.eicar.org/86-0-Intended-use.html A popular, freeware, defrag utility for Windows. http://goo.gl/SnzXI7 [majorgeeks cot com] A comprehensive source of info on world religions. http://www.worldreligiondatabase.org/wrd_default.asp Before spending money on a car, get educated. http://www.autobuyology.org/ For recovering data from a MS Win7 (or older) system. http://drive-rescue.en.lo4d.com/ Robert Abbott’s mazes (and games). http://www.logicmazes.com/index.html DIY home repair info. http://www.household-helper.com/ Astronomy picture of the day (an oldie but a goodie). http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ Teachnology is aimed at teachers but homeschoolers or moms with bored kids who're stuck indoors on a rainy day might also find a lot of useful information here. http://www.teach-nology.com/ Fabriclink is an enormous resource on, you guessed it, fabric. The range of information available on this site is too large to attempt itemizing. Check it out. http://fabriclink.com/ Software titles (free) from Stavros Korokithakis. http://www.stavros.io/downloads/ Most folks don't bother with IM clients anymore but, once in a rare while, somebody wants to chat with ICQ or Yahoo. On those occasions, you needn't install software, just use the online version. You can use Web-ICQ in place of the ICQ client. http://www.icq.com/download/webicq/en Log into your Yahoo or Google email account and look for a chat button to access their online interfaces. Boating safety, courses and articles. http://www.boatsafe.com/ Jenny Brahney's website. http://www3.telus.net/jennybr/index.html Only a small few, of the countless thousands, of commercial websites are on-board with this but you can opt out of their advertising if you so desire. This site checks your browser to determine its opt-out status. http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/ Heloise Bowles, who wrote the syndicated Hints from Heloise column, passed away in 1977 but her column, and tradition are being kept alive by her daughter. http://www.heloise.com/index.html Don't want to give away your email address to get to the information you need on some website? No problem, just use a throw-away address. http://www.mailexpire.com/ http://mailinator.com/ https://www.guerrillamail.com/ maildrop.cc http://getairmail.com/ You have to 'dig' for them, but Harmony Hollow offers some freewares. http://www.harmonyhollow.net/ Mihov is fairly similar. http://www.mihov.com/eng/ No matter what sort of computer or Operating System you're using, you aren't immune to a catastrophic crash which can wipe out all your data. Backing up your data is a hassle and one more worrisome learning curve but worth it when you consider the alternative. Here's a Windows option. http://www.handy-backup.com/ Linux users, check your repository for Grsync (works great for me). Mac users, here's a helpful article. http://goo.gl/leFwKb [appleinsider dot com] Android users, try GCloud or Helium and here's some information for iPhone users. http://howdoibackupmyiphone.com/ A resource for us DIY computer geeks. http://www.pcnineoneone.com/ I'm not into genealogy so I didn't check it out. If you are (into genealogy) maybe you'll find it useful. http://www.town-local.net/genfinder/index.html Have you ever needed legal advice but been unable to go the expense of hiring a lawyer and paying a retainer? http://www.legalshield.com/ http://www.justanswer.com/ http://www.legalhelplawyers.com/ http://goo.gl/nVoUc8 [americanbar dot org] Videos made by Greg Ah Sue and his talented friends. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBig5Brass/videos A podcast from a couple of American 'Baby Boomers'. http://www.2boomerbroads.com/ Alexa Meade's art tends to blur the line between paintings and photographs. Very cool. http://alexameade.com/ Are you an aspiring writer? http://www.authorspublish.com/ HomeFree is an acapella band. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFuNYrqAcsmSjgqYMvxOqw I suppose some folks might consider the art of Aleah Chapin to be less than family-friendly, because of the nudity, but Lisa and I think her art is simply fantastic. http://www.aleahchapin.com/ --- This publication is only mailed to verified double opt-in subscribers, and is brought to you by me, Don Crowder, and freelists.org with occasional help from my wife, Lisa Miller. At the time this issue was posted, the current subscriber count for this publication was 349. Contributions from our readers and/or friends are always welcome. Not much reader content this time, guess everybody's busy these days, but John Lepse wrote to say how much he enjoyed the Old Crow Medicine Show on last.fm. http://www.last.fm/music/Old+Crow+Medicine+Show --- As a child I often sat and went through the pages of our encyclopedia because, to me, it was the coolest thing ever. How much cooler is the internet, where all the information you can imagine, and a great deal of information you could never have imagined, is literally at your fingertips? I've loved it from my first moment online and, as time goes by, it becomes even more incredible. The World Wide Web really rocks my world. Gotta love it. See you next time, Don --- The Internet: A Weapon of Mass Instruction.