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Sites of the Week: January 31, 2015

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

– Vince Lombardi

Factoid: Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the public participated in a survey last fall. Eighty-seven percent of the scientists questioned said human activity was the main cause of global climate change, compared with 50 percent of the public. There was an even bigger chasm over genetically modified foods, with 88 percent of the scientists saying they were safe to eat, compared with 37 percent of the public. On evolution, 98 percent of scientists said humans had evolved over time, compared with 65 percent of the public.

Pew Research Center

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


SafeShare is a website that takes YouTube videos and removes the distractions and advertisements we’re all familiar with. SafeShare even removes the ads that are shown before many videos. Using SafeShare is simple. Just paste the YouTube link into SafeShare.tv and you are given a new link to use instead of the YouTube link. As an example of the clean, uncluttered video, check out this video forwarded by my friend Jack about a mechanic who built a unique truck. Click here.

Should You Cut the Cord?

Are you thinking of cutting the cord? Many people are switching from cable or satellite to streaming alternatives including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and now Sling TV. But how many of these services can you subscribe to before you’re paying more than you would for cable or satellite? Use Slate’s calculator to help you decide.

What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

We all recognize that each state in the U.S. is unique with its own strengths and weaknesses, but have you ever wonder what each state is worst at? I guess it’s not surprising that Hawaii has the highest homelessness rate (465 per 100,000) although you do wonder how they were able to travel there. Anyway, you may find some surprises in this Yahoo! Travel article.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: December 14, 2013

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

John Lennon
(1940 – 1980)

Factoid: “American scientists and economists have continued to scoop up Nobel prizes at a staggering rate. Since 2000, Americans have won 21 of 37 physics prizes, 18 of 33 medicine prizes, 22 of 33 chemistry prizes, and an amazing 27 of 30 economics prizes. Not bad, considering our “nonstop anxiety” about failing grades and our mediocre international test scores.”

The Wall Street Journal

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations. This week there’s a theme in sense to the sites in that each is a post from popular sites (BuzzFeed, Gizmodo and Lifehacker) which I would recommend as RSS feeds or “bookmark-worthy”.

BuzzFeed: Americans Try To Place European Countries On A Map

I’m not sure I could do much better, so I can’t be smug but it’s still interesting and mildly amusing to see how some Americans did when asked to label the countries on a European map. The tables were then turned and they asked the British to label U.S. states. (Click here). As you can see, they did no better, but I suspect many Americans wouldn’t fare that much better.

Gizmodo: Manners and Cursing

Sticking with the topic of maps, Gizmodo recently mapped manners and cursing in the United States. Having grown up in Ohio (#1 in cursing and #5 in courtesy), it’s all so clear now. Personally, I enjoyed many of the comments as much as the article. I believe my favorite comment was from a South Carolina resident who wrote “Ah, South Carolina, where we ask you to please go f_ _ _ yourself, darlin. And then offer you a glass of sweet tea.”

Lifehacker: Most Popular How-To Guides of 2013

This Lifehacker columns features their top 20 most popular how-tos from this year. You should be able to find at least one that will interest you.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”