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Sites of the Week: April 25, 2015

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”

– Voltaire

(Two weeks ago on a visit to Tucson and Saguaro National Park, Betty had a painful encounter with a Cholla Cactus. A friend sent me this quote which I believe also has a wider relevance.)

Tips for Better Writing

  1. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  2. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
  3. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  4. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  5. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  6. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  7. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  8. One should never generalize.
  9. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  10. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  11. Don’t be redundant; don’t more use words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
  12. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  13. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  14. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  15. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  16. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  17. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  18. Who needs rhetorical questions?


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


CareerHMO isn’t a free service, but if you feel your career could benefit from professional career assistance, this site may be for you. They offer coaching, tools and resources at a much lower cost than a private career coach. Like an HMO, they are able to do so because through your membership you share the cost of retaining coaches and career materials and tools. Plans are as low as $15/month and they have clients all over the world. If you are an executive, you may wish to instead check out their sister site, C-Suite Insider: http://www.csuiteinsider.com/.

3D Clothing Designs

I came across this site by accident and liked their 3D T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. I especially liked some of their pet designs which you can see here. In addition to pets, they have many other designs including wild animals, zombies, skulls and monsters which you can see here.

Instructables: How to make a No-Sew T-Shirt Blanket

Continuing the clothing theme, this Instructables post shows you how to continue to get some remaining use from old t-shirts. This post caught my eye because I have a large number of old race shirt and neither I nor my wife sew. These instructions explain how you can create a No-Sew T-Shirt Blanket. As the post states, it’s “a great way to preserve memories and make use of your old t-shirts.”

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: November 23, 2014

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Aphorism often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain

Factoid: Since 2009 the economy has grown by 12 percent, corporate profits by 46 percent and the broad stock market by 92 percent, but median household income has actually contracted 3 percent. 65 percent of the private sector jobs created in the last five years have paid hourly wages of $20 or less.

The New York Times

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


FindTheBest is a research engine site founded by DoubleClick cofounder Kevin O’Connor. FindTheBest provides detailed information and comparisons on more than 2,000 topics. Its mission is to collect, structure, and connect data on thousands of topics, from products to schools and businesses. For example, we’re looking at switching insurance and this site provided rankings.


3DAround lets you easily take 3D pictures with your iPhone. The site seems to focus on photography, but its use is not limited to just food. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D image the viewer can spin at will. Even if you don’t have an iPhone or you’re not especially interested in shooting 360 degree images, you still should be sure to watch their short demo video.

BrokerCheck Tool

This is the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) site. “FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of the securities industry.” The FINRA BrokerCheck tool enables you to research brokers and brokerage firms and investment advisers and their firms. The site also offers investing advice.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: December 1, 2012

“No matter how unpopular Congress is said to be, more than 90% of House members seeking re-election generally keep their seats; in that respect, Nov. 6 was absolutely typical. Far better for officials to come and go, serving a spell in government, then heading back to real life. George Washington could have been president for life, but he voluntarily stepped down after two terms. He could be trusted with power precisely because he could let it go. Politicians today can’t bear the thought of giving up the authority with which we cloak them. And we, to our discredit, are rarely prepared to take it away.”

Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe

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




This site comes just in time for last minute Christmas shoppers like myself. I’m not much of a coupon fan myself, but this site is pretty impressive. You can browse top coupons, popular stores, and category listings that feature grocery coupons as well as merchandise. You can also receive deal alerts while shopping at your favorite malls   when you install either their Android or iPhone app.


Lifehacker ‘s 50 Free Apps


This site comes to you by way of my friend George. It’ a recent Lifekhacker column on the best 50 free apps.



This site comes to you by way of my friend Vince. Here.net is a mapping site that features maps in different views including standard, satellite and 3D maps. To view the maps in 3D, you must use a browser that supports WebGL such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: June 15, 2012

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Ronald Reagan

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there!

Nearly 5% of people have the password “password”. Another 10% are using either “password”, 12345, 123456, 1234567, or 1234567.  The top 25 most common passwords—used by 40% of people—are:


These 25 passwords are used by about 40% of people. If any of your passwords are on this list, you had better change them immediately. You should also avoid using the same login and password for all your online accounts. If just one of them is compromised, you place all of your accounts at risk.

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out two ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations that take a fresh look at some earlier, related Sites of the Week. 

BulkTix – Discount Movie Tickets


BulkTix.com movie tickets and snack packs save you up to 40% at your favorite cinemas. Tickets never expire and are shipped direct to you Then you just redeem each pass for a ticket at the ticket counter. Each ticket is valid for full adult, evening admission.  There is not currently an options to print at home. Orders are shipped within 24 hours. Passes are normally received within 3-5 business days.

AirPano 3D Panoramas


This site comes to you by way of my Italia cousin, Carlo. AirPano features high resolution 3D aerial panoramas of famous locations across the globe including Manhattan, the Grand Canyon, Angel Waterfall of Venezuela, Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany, Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and much more.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”