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Sites of the Week: January 25, 2015

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

– Dolly Parton

Factoid: With 88.8 firearms per 100 citizens, the USA has 35 percent to 50 percent of the civilian-owned firearms in the world.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes

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

Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

This site comes to you via my friend Ralph. In December 1968, Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first humans to leave Earth and travel to another body in space. This video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic flight and the crew’s capture of the famous Earthrise photo by using photo mosaics and elevation data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and other sources to recreate the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. The video is accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

NPR: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR’s All Songs Considered features live performances by musicians at Bob Boilen’s desk at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. You can find likely a few of your favorite musicians as well as discover ones you’ve never heard before. For me, I enjoyed hearing Yusuf/Cat Stevens perform one of my favorites and hearing the Dublin Guitar Quartet for the first time. Each intimate concert consists of just a few songs with the videos 10 – 15 minutes in length.

Allstate Digital Locker

You don’t have to be an Allstate customer to download and use Allstate Digital Locker which is a FREE and easy-to-use household inventory application. The app enables you to create an inventory by room or category of your personal property and store your data securely in the cloud. You can include photos, descriptions, serial numbers, purchase prices and dates of your items. Unfortunately though, to date there’s only an iOS version.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: July 28, 2012

“If you can’t be a good example then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.”

Catherine Aird, author (Born: June 20, 1930)


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

This Is True Blog: Neil Armstrong


Last week marked the 43rd anniversary of the first manned moon landing.  Neil Armstrong was the Apollo 11 mission commander and the first man to step on the moon on July 20, 1969. I can still recall watching it live on a black & white TV. I was at the Notre Dame summer festival in Portsmouth, Ohio. Everyone stopped what they were doing to gather around the TV to watch the grainy broadcast.

To mark this anniversary, this ‘Site of the Week’ is Randy Cassingham’s blog post describing his experience hearing Neil Armstrong speak at the “first light” celebration of a new telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. The post includes a cool video. I think you’ll enjoy this and find it interesting. I certainly did. Randy’s ‘This Is True’ newsletter has been featured as a ‘Site of the Week’ and is highly recommended. Both premium and free subscriptions are available.


Powers of 10


This short IBM film graphically demonstrates the concept of orders of magnitude and the relative size of objects in the universe. Every 10 seconds, the view moves 10X further out demonstrating the powers of 10 graphically and the relative size of objects in the universe.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”