Sites of the Week: March 16, 2013

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

Factoid: When adjusted for inflation, the cost of commercial airline flights has fallen by half since 1978, thanks largely to deregulation.

The Atlantic

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

Etsy: Starry Night Handcrafted Goods

In a bit of shameless family self-promotion, I wanted to share with you our daughter Erin’s newly launched Etsy page: Starry Night Handcrafted Goods. Erin’s site features handcrafted goods she has designed and created herself in polymer clay. She offers an assortment of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. All items are very reasonably priced and shipping is only $3.50. Please be sure to ‘Like’ her on Facebook at


Soon, when you look up the word ‘privacy’ in the dictionary the word will be labeled archaic. With Facebook and our smartphones, we surrender our privacy willingly. In other instances, our privacy is taken from us without our approval—often in the name of security. This short video comes to you via my friend Hal. It describes and demonstrates the 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System) which is the world’s highest resolution video surveillance platform developed by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The ARGUS array is made up of several cameras and other types of imaging systems. The output of the imaging system is used to create extremely high-resolution mosaic images and video.

You Don’t Know Jack

You Don’t Know Jack is a “twisted trivia game”. I love this game. Think of it as an entertaining pop culture quiz consisting of mostly irreverent questions presented in several different rapid-fire quiz formats. For example, the game might ask you if “Millie” is the “wife of a US president” or a “dog of a US president.” That’s a mild example. An example of a more risqué DisOrDat quiz is one that asks if “Jasmine” is a type of rice or brand of condom. The game in various iterations dates back to 1995. It is now available to play for free on Facebook, Android, iOS and more.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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