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Sites of the Week: May 3, 2015

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard, author

Factoid: About 28 percent of Americans were totally sedentary last year, failing to participate in even one physical activity, such as running, lifting weights, yoga, bowling, or even stretching, a new survey found. The Physical Activity Council said that roughly 83 million Americans ages 6 and over did nothing at all to maintain fitness—an increase of 18 percent over 2007.

The Wall Street Journal

This is unbelievable. I agree with former Texas State Rep. Todd Smith who wrote Gov. Abbott “Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid. I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover:

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


If you’re anything like me, typing proves a challenge even on a full-sized keyboard. I’ve tried both external keyboards and keyboard covers. These other solutions force you to accept compromises such as a thicker tablet or smaller keys. Most also will work only with your tablet. TextBlade delivers with full keys and great QWERTY touch-typing in a form factor that’s roughly the size of a pack of gum when folded closed. The TextBlade’s three pieces snap together magnetically.

Personal Capital

Personal Capital offers an easy way for you to organize, track, and analyze your investments. The core service is completely FREE with the option to enroll in their portfolio management service for less than 1% in management fees. If you don’t already have an investment portfolio, this article explains how to get started. However, this site is probably most helpful to those who have worked at multiple companies and never bothered to complete a 401K rollover. With Personal Capital, all of your investments can easily be monitored from a single site. After signing up for a Personal Capital account, you link your financial accounts and they are then shown on your dashboard.


About one mile from our home is a Chick-fil-A that is so popular that during the lunchtime rush they place cones and have an employee directing traffic. It made me wonder whether it’s so popular because people like it or they believe it’s a healthier alternative than other fast food restaurants. That led me to this site which, in addition to selling products and services, has several free features. Under Tools, you can look up the nutritional facts for a range of food items. Even better, you can compare items such as a Big Mac and a Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich. A complementary site is the Fast Food Nutrition Calculator.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: January 10, 2015

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”

– Jim Rohn, Businessman and author (1930 – 2009)

Factoid: Texas’ State Board of Education has approved new history textbooks that say the U.S. Constitution was based on the Bible. A group of university professors complains that the textbooks are filled with “inventions and exaggerations” about Christianity’s influence on the Founding Fathers, but board chairwoman Barbara Cargill said students will now learn about the country’s “rich religious heritage.”

The Week

NOTE: On Jan. 13 mainstream support of Windows 7 ends and it begins its extended-support phase. This means that Microsoft will no longer offer free updates to the operating system. Under Extended support, Microsoft offers only essential fixes and security updates.

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

My Family Health Portrait

One of the best gifts you can provide your children or grandchildren is a record of your family’s medical tree. My Family Health Portrait enables you to do that easily. Enter your family health history and generate a diagram and table. Data can be electronically shared with family members and healthcare providers and can be saved for later updates. The site also includes a Diabetes Risk Calculator and a Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. My Family Health Portrait was developed in collaboration between the Office of the Surgeon General and the National Human Genome Research Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

CFC: Let’s Make a Plan

It’s a new year. Regardless of your age, you should be planning for your future. This site can help. There are valuable articles and you can subscribe to their free newsletter. You can also find a local CPC (Certified Financial Planner) who can help you to achieve your financial goals.

Natural Gas Calculator

Most of the USA has been hit with record cold weather this winter. Ever wonder how much your furnace or that gas fireplace are costing you? Your gas rates may be different than Peoples Gas in Chicago, but their calculator will still give you an idea of what your gas appliances are costing you.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: November 16, 2014

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

– Winston Churchill

Factoid: Every minute, 48,000 apps are downloaded from iTunes.

The Week

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

Artifact Uprising

“Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible.” This is a photo printing site unlike most others. As the site states “As one click of the shutter turned to another turned to hundreds of thousands of photos, we realized our documented lives were sitting on our phones and computers with no true place to live on. It’s something we kept coming back to—‘What are we leaving behind?’” This site offers quality photo books, prints and cards at a corresponding price.

Mad Genius Radio

The personalized radio service is another crowded field, but Mad Genius Radio is a Denver-based company that is a bit different. It offers dozens of professionally curated genres which you can personalize to your taste. Like other sites, your ratings control how often you hear songs and artists but you’re not limited to a simple thumbs up/down. Mad Genius lets you rate tracks and artists from zero to five or ban them from your mix altogether. Requests let you hear deep cuts or other tracks that may be popular just to you. Soon, Mad Genius will be a subscription-only service following a 36-day free trial.

Cost of Living Comparison Calculator

Most of you probably have no immediate plans to relocate, but you still may find this site of interest. Bankrate offers this free cost of living comparison calculator that compares the cost of living of any two locations you select.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: July 27, 2014

“Your whole life passes in front of your eyes before you die. This is called living.”

– Sir Terry Pratchett, English author

Factoid: To live “the American dream”, a family of four needs about $130,000 a year—the amount required to buy a house and a car, pay for two children’s college educations, and save for retirement. Only one in eight households earned that much in 2013.

USA Today

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


Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos from thousands of public libraries worldwide. OverDrive launched its Digital Library Reserve, a digital download platform for public libraries, in 2002. Download and enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, and videos from your library, wherever you go. Check out and download digital titles and read, listen, or watch in the free OverDrive Media Console app. The Library Finder allows you to locate a library with a digital collection near you and save it for easy access. You can borrow OverDrive Read eBooks from your library and read them directly on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, Kindle, Nook, Mac or Windows computer.


This free site allows you to quickly and easily install and update all of your programs at once. It is recommended by Lifehacker and features most popular, free programs.Just check the programs you want and Ninite installs them for you in the background. You can run it again periodically and it will update your apps to the latest versions.

SSA Analyze

This free Social Security Calculator tool is available from Bedrock Capital Management. The calculator allows you to adjust a range of factors including life expectancy, inflation and the discount rate used to calculate the current value of future benefits.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: October 13, 2013

“There is no bad weather…only inappropriate clothing.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Factoid: The number of Americans killed in all the wars since 1775 is 1.17 million, according to government statistics. The number of Americans killed by firearms, including suicides, since 1968 is 1.38 million.


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


This site raises money for public school teachers who post classroom project needs. This site makes it easy to help students and you know exactly where your money goes. You’ll receive photos of the project, a letter from the teacher and an explanation of how your donation was spent.

Cool Climate Network

This site features UC Berkeley’s Carbon Footprint Calculator. This tool enables you to calculate your carbon footprints followed by recommendations to reduce your footprint and at the same time save money.


Uber is a venture-funded startup company based in San Francisco, California that makes Android and iPhone mobile apps that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire. The app enables you to enter your pickup and drop-off locations to get a fare quote for your trip, reserve a car and track its location. Uber uses your phone’s GPS to detect your location and connects you with the nearest available driver. Once you arrive at your destination, your fare is automatically charged to your credit card on file and a receipt is emailed to you. Uber is available in 28 U.S. cities and 19 countries.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: May 11, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Attributed to Mark Twain (among others)

Factoid: When is the best time to buy airfare? Generally, the sweet spot is four to six weeks before you travel. Prices are highest eight to 10 weeks and two to three weeks in advance.

The Associated Press

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


Summer is almost here! If your plans include going somewhere on vacation, but you haven’t made those plans yet, this site may be for you. Redweek.com is an exchange for timeshare owners and travelers to connect. The site features detailed resort information including ratings and reviews for thousands of timeshare rental and resale postings. Redweek.com is the largest online timeshare site with over 1.5 million registered users.

Social Security Timing

If you’re approaching retirement age, this site should be of interest. For married couples, there are nearly 100 combinations of benefit choices. This site features a free calculator that asks just a few questions and then recommends a few strategies that can maximize your benefits. Although the calculator is free, not surprisingly they encourage you to contact one of their advisors.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”