Archive for December, 2012

FreeFile Review – Calme (Calendars Made Easy)

FFR-WP-logocalmeCalme (or Calendars Made Easy) is a simple utility for printing calendars. It has 12 styles of calendars to choose from – all attractive. You can choose between several professional looking planner calendars (monthly,yearly or half-year) or five styles of monthly calendars that can be customized with your own pictures. Calme is for Windows only.

I have only positives to report. It couldn’t be easier to use. Simply select a style of calendar, select the year/month, click ‘Print Preview’ and then ‘Print’. Inserting a photo for the custom picture calendars is also very easy, with several options for resizing the image. I got good results even when using a relatively low resolution image. The current version will print calendars only for 2012 and 2013. Hopefully, an updated version will be released soon.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –
To quickly knock out a professional looking calendar, Calme is hard to beat. Some people might want more options and customizations, but I don’t think they’re needed. This program’s strong suit is quick and simple. It is totally free, so give it a shot.

Download Calme HERE

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About Living in Japan

weird-japanese-smThis list on enumerates a few unexpected things about living in Japan. To sum it up – everyday life in Japan is not as high tech as most Americans imagine.

Read the list HERE


M-185 – The Only US Highway That Does Not Allow Motor Vehicles

From wikipedia –

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), M-185 is “the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned”. These restrictions on automobiles date back to the 1890s, and since the ban, only a few vehicles have been permitted on the island other than the city’s emergency vehicles. M-185 is a state trunkline highway in the U.S. state of Michigan that circles Mackinac Island, a popular tourist destination on the Lake Huron side of the Straits of Mackinac, along the island’s shoreline. A narrow paved road of 8.004 miles (12.881 km), it offers scenic views of the straits that divide the Upper and the Lower peninsulas of Michigan and Lakes Huron and Michigan. It has no connection to any other Michigan state trunkline highways—as it is on an island—and is accessible only by passenger ferry.

The M-185 wikipedia page HERE


Stunning Video From The International Space Station

Pro tip – watch fullscreen

10 Animals That May Be Smarter Than You Think

smartenuffPopular Science published an interesting list of animals which are generally considered to be simple creatures, but have been shown to have some sophisticated talents. It seems that a rudimentary ability to count is more common than thought. Some of these overachievers include;  2 birds, 2 reptiles,  rats, squirrels, vampire bats and honeybees.

Go to PopSci to discover what makes them so smart.



Peanuts Comics – Every Single One – Is On Line

GoComics has all the old Peanuts comics on line. The first on is from January 1950, but regular comics did not appear until October of 1950. The last daily comic appeared Dec.31,1999 and the final Sunday edition appeared Feb.13, 2000. Interestingly, Charles Schultz officially retired in December of 1999, but provided Sunday comics to be published until Feb.13, 2000. As that final Sunday comic was going to press, Mr. Schultz died on Saturday, Feb.12, 2000.



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