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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: November 16, 2013

“If you don’t build your own dream, someone will hire you to help them build theirs.”

Dhirubhai Ambani

Factoid: In 1963, there were only 350 Secret Service agents, and the agency had a budget of $5.5 million. Those numbers have climbed to 3,500 agents and $1.5 billion today.

Yahoo! News

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

JFK Assassination Video

I promise this will be my last mention of the Kennedy assassination for awhile—perhaps not until the 100th anniversary. This 15-minute video begins with the Kennedys’ arrival on November 22, 1963 at the Dallas airport and ends at Parkland Memorial where he was pronounced dead.

Tucson Tamale Company

If you like tamales, you need to check this site out. The Tucson Tamale Company Web site has an Online Store featuring almost 50 kinds of tamales ranging from traditional to vegan, breakfast and even dessert. Most are only $3. We’ve been fans for a few years now and regularly order tamales for ourselves and friends. The tamales are delivered by FedEx 2-day and arrive still frozen in a Styrofoam cooler. The company claims their tamales can be stored for 6 months, but we have no firsthand experience since ours are always eaten well before then. The tamales microwave in just minutes. Add a side of beans and/or salad and you have a delicious, easy and inexpensive dinner. Joe Bob says “Yum!”


This site is so cool. It features dozens of HD 360 Livecam views of multiple locations in Switzerland, France, Austria, Norway and Aspen, Colorado. Select a location and a map is displayed. When you click a location, a preview window opens. Click a second time to open the panorama. The interactive view allows you to scroll left or right and zoom in and out.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: September 2, 2013

“The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, ‘The trouble with this country is….’”

Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist

Factoid: Eleven states raise more from lotteries than from corporate taxes.


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

How a Tesla Is Made

This is a fascinating video from my friend Gary “JIT” W. While the Fremont California factory employees 3,000 workers, it’s the 160 robots that are the stars of this video.

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

This site comes to you thanks to my friend Michele. You owe it to yourself to spend 5 minutes reading this article to learn more about the issues surrounding Syria.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: January 5, 2013

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

Will Rogers

Factoid: One in nine Americans over age 12 takes antidepressants, including one in four women between 40 and 59. Since the early 1990s antidepressant use has increased 400 percent across all age groups.  One American in 12 takes antidepressants despite having no depressive symptoms whatsoever. Less than a third of those taking antidepressants have had a checkup with a mental health professional in the last year, and one in seven has been on antidepressants for more than a decade.

2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Happy 2013!

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

Ernie Orr’s Sites of the Week


Thanks to a suggestion from my friend Justin L, I have now created a ‘Sites of the Week’ blog which will contain an archive of past newsletters sans the cartoons due to copyright concerns. I still plan to “publish” the newsletter, but the blog will allow you to search for past sites by date or keyword. To launch the blog, I’ve already posted newsletters beginning with the first week of June, 2012.

Along with dropping the cartoons from the blog version, I’ll be retiring Joe Bob for similar reasons. Over the years, some have asked who Joe Bob is or the origin of the tagline “Joe Bob says check it out.”  Many years ago, there was a syndicated drive-in movie review column every Friday in the entertainment section of the San Francisco Chronicle.  The Texan critic’s name is John Irving Bloom, but he went by the pseudonym Joe Bob Briggs. If you’re interested, you can read a sample review here. While many would say his satire of the drive-in movie genre was juvenile and sophomoric, I always enjoyed it. (No accounting for taste, right?) His reviews always ended with a variety of “counts”, the number of stars and  “Joe Bob says check it out.”  Since I recently discovered that he’s still around, I don’t want to have any legal issues, so Joe Bob has now been officially replaced by Ernie Orr. In case you’re wondering, Ernie Orr is a nickname dating back to Bowling Green State University where I played intramural hockey. As the only member of the team who could actually skate, I was the team’s “star player”. As such, I was given that nickname after Bobby Orr, the famous Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks Defenseman.

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Super Brain Yoga


This site comes via my sister, Cathy. I admit that I’m usually very traditional when it comes to medical matters and skeptical by nature, but I think I’ll try out this exercise. It only takes a few minutes a day and perhaps in a month or so I’ll be smart enough to see how crazy this idea is.




I love to read. If you do, then this site is for you. Shelfari was launched in 2006 and was acquired by Amazon 2 years later. Like Wikipedia, Shelfari is a community-edited encyclopedia for book lovers. Read reviews, share discussions and get background information on characters and places of books you’re reading.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: December 15, 2012

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

Mark Twain

Factoid: Five of the ten worst shootings in U.S. history have occurred in the past 6 years.

As we approach the end of 2012, I wanted to share a video compilation of some of my athletic accomplishments from this past year. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=EEu42L0ufBY

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

YouTube Video


I love this. It’s one of my favorite classical pieces. It truly “makes my spirit soar.” This video comes to you by way of my friend Jack and his timing could not be better. After the horror of yesterday’s events in Newtown, Connecticut it’s important to remember that the world is also filled with goodness and beauty.

Face Retirement: Meet the Future You


This Merrill Edge site claims that if people can visualize how they will look at retirement, it will make the future more concrete and young people will be more likely to save for retirement.  I’m not sure I agree, but this site is nevertheless fun. All you need is a Webcam and 1 minute to meet your future self. Frankly, I was skeptical. I mean how can they know whether you gain weight, lose your hair, etc.?  The site made a believer out of me. My results were nothing short of amazing. It’s uncanny how much I resembled my father in his 70s.  You can see my results below at the end of the newsletter. (omitted from blog post).

America’s Health Rankings


This United Health Foundation site features state health rankings by a range of factors and allows both state and international comparisons by a certain measure or year. So there’s the secret to  a long life. All you need to do is move to Vermont, Hawaii or New Hampshire.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: August 12, 2012

The following comes by way of my friend Jack:

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.

H. L. Mencken

In response to my DoNotTrack Plus (http://abine.com/) site, my friend Dale D wrote:

 A comment about DoNotTrack Plus:  In functionality, DNT+ is very similar to Ghostery.  So, either one is a good choice for the limited action they take in blocking tracking by web sites.  I happen to use Ghostery.  However, to be really secure in blocking all the intrusive tracking and spying done by web sites, you need to also consider all or some combination of:

1.  Better Privacy
2.  Ad Block Plus
3.  Noscript
4.  Ghostery or DNT+ (but not both)

The beauty of Better Privacy is that it can also delete Flash Cookies (or LSOs).  Flash Cookies are used by many web sites to track you on the web, even when you don’t look at content requiring Adobe Flash Player.  The use of Flash Cookies is a technique used to plant a different type of “cookie”, even when you have told your browser to delete, or disallow, the normal web browser cookies.  This is a very insidious approach used by web sites.”

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

Amazon Cloud Player


I thought of my friend Dale H when I read about this service. Amazon Cloud Player is a digital music storage and streaming service from Amazon. You can store your complete music collection online and the Cloud Player app lets you manage and play your music anywhere without the hassle of loading and syncing. You no longer need to worry about running out of space either.  Both free and paid versions of Cloud Player are available. The free version allows you to store up to 250 songs that you did not purchase through Amazon, plus an unlimited number of Amazon purchases. For just $24.99 per year, you can store and stream up to 250,000 non-Amazon songs, plus all Amazon purchases. The Cloud Player’s “cloud match” scans your devices for music files—including your iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries—and matches them against Amazon’s licensed inventory of 20 million tunes. Matches are automatically added to your Cloud Player account without any uploading.

The Amazon Cloud Player service currently supports many mobile devices, including Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch and Kindle Fire.  Soon, the Sonos home entertainment system (which I own) and the Roku streaming player will be supported. Cloud Player supports up to ten devices per user account.


Use Skype as a Remote Video Security Monitor      


Interested in an easy and way to set up a remote video security monitor at your home? It’s even free if you already have a video camera. This site explains the quick, simple steps to set up a Skype video security monitor. Once established, you can sign into your account on your mobile device and your home Skype account will automatically answer and start sending you live video  from your home Webcam.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

Sites of the Week: August 4, 2012

Instead of a quote, I’m offering the following editorial.

The Week

Chances are good that you’ve never heard of Andrew Kehoe—nor does he merit remembering. On May 18, 1927, he committed once of ht e worst massacres in U.S. history when he blew up a school in Bath Township, Mich. Kehoe killed his wife and firebombed his own farm just as charges he’d laid beneath the school building exploded, killing 37 elementary school children and two teachers. Then, he drove to the school in a car full of shrapnel and detonated that, killing three adults, a schoolboy, and himself. Kehoe’s diabolical act seized the nation’s imagination until, three days later, Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris to complete the first solo trans-Atlantic flight in history. “We measure heroes as we do ships, by their displacement,” former Secretary of State Charles Evan Hughes said. “Col. Lindbergh has displaced everything.”

In an imperfect echo of that coincidence, last week’s massacre in Aurora, Colo., was followed this week by a remarkable outpouring of love and admiration upon the death of American’s first female astronaut, Sally Ride. Clearly, nothing can displace the pain of those who lost their loved ones in that cinema. But history suggests that once the alleged shooter, James Holmes, has been exhausted as an example of human depravity, social isolation, mental illness, or a nation’s mania for weaponry, he will be forgotten, just as Kehoe was. It’s Sally Ride that we’ll remember, a woman who found joy in reaching for the stars and who was committed to inspiring others to do the same. For all our anguish now, there’s hope in the certainty that such achievement always ends up outshining nihilism.

James Graff

Aside from the core message of the editorial, what struck me as interesting is that such a violent, horrific event occurred in 1927 and it was done without semi-automatic weapons.

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

Run, Hide, Fight


This Department of Homeland Security-funded video gives tips on how to survive a shooting such as the one recently in Aurora. The video depicts an office shooter.


DoNotTrack Plus


DNT+ is a FREE utility that stops both ad companies and social networks from tracking all of your Web activity.  DNT+ blocks the tracking so you can browse freely and safely. This utility has gotten excellent reviews and is considered the best in its category. It is compatible with Mac or PC for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.


Car Butler


Car Butler is a FREE app for iPhone, iPad and Android offering a suite of features including traffic, commute time, parking (mark spot / alert when meter is about to expire), nearby gas stations and mechanics, weather and even a car accident report feature.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”