Sites of the Week: October 13, 2012

“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.”

Paul Harvey

NOTE: Not to take anything away from Paul Harvey, but anyone who watched the vice presidential debate can appreciate why I wish I had saved the Johnny Carson quote for this week: “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.” 

Factoid: “While the median household income dropped by 4% last year, the cumulative wealth of the Forbes 400 increased by a whopping $200 billion.”

Joe Nocera, New York Times

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Villafane Studios: The Pumpkins

After my most recent issue was mailed, my son Brett wrote regarding the Extreme Pumpkins site: “Sorry, but your pumpkin site was pretty sorry compared to this guy.  If you wanted to impress people you should have sent out this link.” After checking it out, I would have to agree with Brett and bet you will, too.



Spoonflower makes it possible for you to design and print your own custom wallpaper, murals, removable decals and fabrics for window coverings and home accessories such as quilts. Simply select your project type, upload your design to this site and  choose the desired wallpaper or fabric (silks, organic cotton or a linen blend).  You can also select from an inventory of thousands of designs. Just imagine designing custom furnishings from your photos, artwork or that of your child. For only $1, you can receive a sample pack before ordering.


Religion: Survey by Pew Research Center on Religion

I ran a similar site 2 years ago, but this is the full quiz and the format supplies immediate feedback on the correct answer after each of your responses. Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in this short survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. I find it hard to believe, but they report that on average Americans correctly answered only half of the 32 questions. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers followed closely by Jews with 20.5 correct and Mormons with 20.3 correct. Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics couldn’t quite manage to get even half correct with an average of only 14.7 questions correct. On a related note, you may also be interested in a recent Pew survey that appeared in USA Today. The Topography of Faith site comes via my friend Jack. Move your mouse over the U.S. map to see Christian and non-Christian survey results by state.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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