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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 4, 2015

“The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest.”

– Unknown

At this time of year, many columns list words or phrases that should be retired. This is mine:

  • At the end of the day
  • Bottom line
  • Game changer
  • That having been said
  • It’s all good
  • No worries

Factoid: The U.S. borrowed the money for the Afghanistan War, the longest conflict in U.S. history, and has already racked up $125 billion just in owed interest.

Financial Times

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

Ask Bob Rankin: 10 Things Not to Buy in 2015

This Bob Rankin column lists ten goods and services you should avoid buying because they are either available for unnecessary or free or less expensive alternatives are available.

Intuit Mint

It’s a new year. For those in the U.S. and Canada, this site can help you get your finances in order. Mint.com is a FREE web-based personal financial management service from Intuit designed to allow you to centrally manage your cash flow, budgets and bills through their portal. Create a budget, receive alerts for unusual account charges and your credit score for free. Mint.com has over 10 million users and can connect with over 16,000 US and Canadian financial institutions and supports more than 17 million individual financial accounts.


Our daughter received this as gift and the results were interesting. You send in your DNA kit with a saliva sample and receive your results in 6-8 weeks. Results include a report of your estimated ethnicity in maps, charts and accompanying explanations. Your results are also integrated with family history resources on Ancestry.com. You can optionally connect with relatives in a safe and confidential way using their online messaging service that lets users contact each other anonymously. When another member sends you a message, you’ll receive an alert in your Ancestry inbox and an email. Regularly $99, a special price of $79 ends January 6. Unfortunately, AncestryDNA test is not yet available to purchase outside the United States.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”

Henry Ward Beecher June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887

Factoid: There are 145 million dogs and cats in the U.S. compared with 20.2 million children under the age of 5.

U.S. Census Bureau

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

Missing Money

You may have already seen this Web site recently on the news. Missing Money assists you in searching for your family’s missing, lost, and unclaimed property, money and assets. Searches and claiming are FREE. Information goes securely and directly to the state/provincial unclaimed property office.


HowStuffWorks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications and is an award-winning site with easy-to-understand explanations of how just about anything works. Their goal is to “Demystify the world and do it in a simple, clear-cut way that anyone can understand.” No topic is too big or too small. The site features both articles and videos to clearly explain each topic. In addition, the site includes consumer opinions and independent expert ratings and reviews.

iPhone 101

This site comes to you via my nephew Jacob. Coincidentally, I just read a review for the new Galaxy S4 that stated “Moving from an iPhone 5 to a Galaxy S4 in 2013 is like the improvement my family experienced going from a rotary princess phone to a wireless handset in 1983.” So if you’re a Troglodyte like me and still own an iPhone, you may find this site useful.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”