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Sites of the Week: February 7, 2015

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds,—and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle flew—
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

– John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
(19 year old American volunteer with the Royal Canadian Air Force killed in action December 11, 1941.)

Factoid: This Valentine’s Day, Americans will spend $700 million on Valentine’s Day presents for their pets.

National Retail Federation

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

Mental Floss: Misconceptions about Pets

Even if you don’t have a pet, you may find this video interesting. Mental Floss has a weekly debunking common misconceptions. In this edition, the host discusses 10 misconceptions about pets. If you enjoy this pet video, there are a number of recent episodes from which to choose at the conclusion. Another episode you might enjoy is ‘100 Amazing Facts’. For example, Fact #7 is the interesting but completely useless fact that the sum of the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

File Converter

This British site offers an online file conversion service that can come in handy. It’s free and there’s no software to download or install. Just select your file and the format to convert. Zamzar supports over 1,200 file types including video, image, music, PDF and more.

Bios Urn: How To Turn Into A Tree After You Die

This subject may make some of you uncomfortable, but let’s face it—none of us is getting out of here alive. This site offers an alternative to traditional options: burial, cremation or donation to science. Bios Urn is made from biodegradable materials and contains a tree seed of your choice. The tree seed is nourished by and absorbs nutrients from the ashes of your body and transforms you into a tree. Bios urns are also available for your pets. The urns do not have an expiration date so they’re “ready when you are.” The cost of the Bios Urn is $145.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: April 27, 2014

“ A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

– Desmond William James

Factoid: The U.S. economy was in recession 52% of the time from 1874 to 1933, when the U.S. abandoned the gold standard. Since then, the economy has been in recession just 16% of the time.

The Atlantic

(The above could be a non sequitur.)

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


Prices for prescription drugs vary widely between pharmacies because drug prices aren’t regulated. GoodRx is FREE and is the first and only prescription drug price comparison tool created for consumers with prices from pharmacies nationwide. Along with finding you the best price, they offer coupons. In addition to their Web site, GoodRx offers free apps for your smartphone or tablet. You can also sign up for free price alerts.


This site is designed to help you find dog sitter near you at rates less than kennels. Schedule, book and pay online. All reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support and daily photo updates.

my Social Security

Up until 2011, the SSA mailed annual Social Security Statements to everyone age 25 and over who was not already receiving Social Security benefits. As a cost-cutting measure, these mailed statements eliminated. However, now you can create an account on my Social Security to view your statement online including estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits; your earnings record and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. If nothing else, you should do so to check for errors or omissions.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”