Sites of the Week: May 24, 2014

“Breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

– Jimmy Buffett

Dear class of 2014: Thanks for not disinviting me:

Factoid: According to UrbanSitter “The average hourly babysitting rate for one child in New York is $15.34, based on a survey by UrbanSitter, which compiled data from nearly 7,500 families. That’s about $4.50 per hour more expensive than the cheapest big American city, Denver, whose babysitters charge parents an average of $10.84 per hour. San Francisco parents pay $14.99 for one kid, Los Angeles parents pay $13.53, Washington, DC parents pay $13.83, and on the lower end, Chicago parents bay $11.91 and San Diego parents pay $11.11.”

Awhile back, I read that the FBI could activate your computer’s Webcam without your knowledge. I had intended to include that as a factoid but assumed it surely wasn’t true. Apparently, I was incorrect. To learn more, watch this recent NBC News segment on Blackshades “creepware”:

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

Sploid: War Images

As the Sploid blogger states “War photographs aren’t grainy or blurry or dark anymore. Now they are so crispy, clean and dramatic that my brain has problems admitting they are real. Or are they? This collection of awesome combat images are a good example of that. They feel like perfect special effects shots taken out of sci-fi movies or video games.” Be sure to check out the additional photos in the comments section.

Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is based in Toronto, Canada and promises to save you money on your grocery and household purchases. Every Thursday morning, Checkout 51 updates its site with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store, and upload a photo of your receipt through their mobile app or Web site. When your account balance reaches $20, Checkout 51 mails you a check.

Lifehacker: Packing Hacks

This Lifehacker video reveals 11 travel hacks for packing more efficiently. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’re sure to pick up a couple of worthwhile tips.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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