Sites of the Week: May 5, 2013

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Rev. Martin Luther King

Factoid: During Franklin Roosevelt’s 12-year tenure as president, the Senate used the filibuster a total of six times, including twice in the 1930s to block anti-lynching legislation. In the past six years, the Republican minority has used the filibuster to block or stall legislation or presidential nominees more than 170 times.

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school (Just the opposite of what Wayne LaPierre is proposing):

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


This cool site comes to you from both my friends Jack and Gary. Flightradar24 is a real-time flight tracking service providing information on thousands of flights around the world using ADS-B transponder technology. The site includes a map view and plane listing view of currently active flights. Both show the number of aircraft currently in flight (7,275 as I write this). Clicking on an aircraft, the left frame of the page displays flight details and the flight’s route is shown. Many flights include a cockpit view (Google Earth plug-in required) and the site also includes a Playback feature. Flightradar24 also offers apps for Android, iOS smartphones and tablets and Windows 8 and Mac computers.

Google Now

Google Now is a smart assistant for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets providing “the right information at the right time”. Google Now is part of the Google Search app so it includes Google’s voice search capabilities. The more you use Google Now, the more you get out of it because it learns from you and your habits. Click here for a short video.


Flickriver is an alternative Flickr photo viewer that enables you to view photos quickly and easily in one seamless ‘river of photos’ view. No longer do you have to wait for the slideshow to advance or press [Next] to load the next image. If you have a Flickr account, you’ll also appreciate how the minimalistic, black background and large image size show off your photos. You can click on any photo to get to the corresponding Flickr page. There’s no software to install. Just share the Flickriver URL including your username (For example:

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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