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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: February 23, 2013

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Factoid: 27% of Americans believe God plays a direct role in determining which teams win sports events.

Public Religion Research Institute

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

Awesome Discounts for 50+

This site comes to you via my sister, Cathy. If you’re under 50, don’t bother looking. This site lists discounts for “senior citizens” as young as 50, but most offers are for those at least 55 or 60. The list is lengthy and diverse.


ZocDoc is a free service founded in 2007 that allows patients to find a nearby doctor or dentist. Typically up to 20% of patients cancel their appointments. By revealing these open appointments, ZocDoc helps most patients get access to care in just 24 – 72 hours. Listings by specialty are available for 24 major U.S. cities. The site allows you to check whether your insurance is accepted, read patient reviews, check appointment availability and book an appointment via this site or ZocDoc’s free apps for iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry.

Wikimedia Commons

Everyone has heard of Wikipedia, but have you heard of Wikimedia Commons?  It’s a searchable database of 16 Million media (image, sound and video) files available for free use. You can also contribute photos of your own. In addition to keyword, you can search by topic, location, type and more.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”