Sites of the Week: August 17, 2014

“I intend to live forever or die trying.”

– Groucho Marx

Factoid: Textbook prices have jumped over 800% in the past three decades.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
 

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

Chegg
URL: http://www.chegg.com/

If you have high school or college students in your family or are a student yourself, this site is for you. Chegg specializes in online textbook rentals–both in paper and ebook. In addition, you can find course reviews, homework assistance, scholarships and internships. The name Chegg is a contraction of the words chicken and egg. It came from the founders’ experience following graduation. They could not land a job without experience, but could not get experience without a job.
 

IXION Windowless Jet Concept
URL: http://vimeo.com/78458486

The IXION windowless jet is currently just a concept, but it not that futuristic. An illusion of a transparent interior is created using display panels that cover most of the cabin. External cameras capture a 360-degree panoramic view of the exterior, which is adjusted for perspective and displayed on the cabin’s walls. This cool video illustrates the concept.
 

Memorado: IQ Test
URL: https://memorado.com/iqtest

Curious about your IQ? Take this brief quiz. If the test confirms that there is in fact room for improvement, then you may want to take advantage of this site’s brain training. In this regard, the site seems similar to Lumosity, an earlier Site of the Week. The site offer both free and paid services. You may also be interested in learning which side of your brain is more dominant. If so, click here: URL: https://memorado.com/yourbetterhalf. While I’m still sharing this site, you should consider it for its entertainment value only. I read that the lowest score you can get by answering every question wrong is 98. This suggests the test is probably designed to prey on our egos to share how smart we think we are and get you to sign up for their services. On the other hand, my results were within 3 points of my official high school IQ test results.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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