Sites of the Week: October 12, 2014

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

– President Theodore Roosevelt

Factoid: Craft beers now account for an 8% share of the U.S. beer market, up from just 2.6% in 1998. According to the Census Bureau, the number of breweries in the U.S. has doubled since 2008, with an average of 1.2 craft breweries opening each day and an output of 15.6 million barrels of beer in 2013.

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

The True Size of Africa

With the Ebola epidemic, Africa has been in the news a lot recently. Of course, Africa is a continent–not a country, but do you realize just how large it is? This site comes to you from my cousin, Enzo and illustrates the size of Africa by showing how many countries can fit within its boundaries. Then be sure to read this The Economist article ( that explains why Africa typically appears smaller on maps that its actual relative size.

Lookmatic Eyewear

This site makes buying glasses online easier and even a bit fun. That’s because it allows you to preview how the glasses will look on you by using your Webcam to view results in 3D. You can also upload a photo, but what’s the fun in that compared to 3D? Prescription glasses start at $95.

Top Ten Most Commonly Confused Words

This Merriam-Webster site caught my eye because I’ve been frequently hearing the expression “flushed out” used instead of “fleshed out”. If you make any of these 10 common mistakes, this site may be helpful. If you don’t have a problem with these commonly confused words, you still may find it interesting.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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