Archive for October, 2013

Seven Pictures of Giant Pumpkins

Seven pictures of giant pumpkins – that is all.

See the great pumpkins HERE

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iGoogle Replacements – FreeFile Review

FFR-WP-logoig-replacementIf you use iGoogle, as I do, you are aware that it is being shut down on November 1, 2013. iGoogle was a very useful page to aggregate many news feeds on one page. After investigating many alternatives, I tried to live with two of the most popular solutions. I found one so-so and one excellent.

My Yahoo has been around for years and it requires a Yahoo account to use. It has been updated recently and is pleasant looking, but customizations are limited to background images and number of columns to display. The quantity of RSS feeds available is very limited, however I was able find enough to make a decent page. People who live in Yahoo’s universe will find the prominent links to other Yahoo properties useful. The deal breaker for me was two widgets that require location information (Weather and Local News) refused to remember my location. I had to re-enter my location every time the page was opened or else enjoy weather from 100 miles away. Many other users report this issue in MyYahoo’s forum.

igHome was designed as a replacement for iGoogle and I think it is by far the better solution. Registration at igHome requires only an email address. The number and quality of widgets (igHome calls them Gadgets) offered is fantastic. I found nearly all of the widgets that I had on iGoogle, and several new, interesting newsfeeds. Customization includes background image (only a few) and number of columns. Each widget can also be customized in several ways – title, height, font size, number of stories, and more. Also, you can create a widget with any valid RSS feed. After a few days of regular use, I find igHome to be not just a good replacement for iGoogle, I find it to be an upgrade.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

Unless you live in Yahoo’s world, igHome is the best solution as an iGoogle replacement.

Go to igHome

Go to My Yahoo

Read more FreeFile Reviews at DanKostecki.com

 

6 Quick And Easy Halloween Hacks [video]

Pictures Of Owls

Curious-little-owl-sCoolDigitalPhotography recently published a nice set of owl photos.

Check out all of them HERE.

 

Quirky Stop-motion Deep Sea Animation [video]

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

starpathThe Telegraph reported –

Cambridge City Council has covered an historic city pathway with ultraviolet particles which turn blue when the sun sets, in what could be the future of street lighting. The technology, called ‘Starpath’, absorbs light during the day before emitting the artificial glow in the evening. It is thought technology could one day replace streetlamps as a cheaper and more energy efficient form of lighting.

continue reading HERE

 

 

So Your Baby Girl Needs A Wig …

wiggleThe Baby-Bangs website reports –

Our patent pending HAIR+band accessory combination allows baby girl’s (with little or no hair at all) the opportunity to have a beautifully realistic HAIR style in a SNAP!! It’s quick, easy and baby barely knows it’s there. Each Baby Bangs! HAIR+band has been made using only the finest ribbons and fabrics, PLUS our Baby Bangs! come to you pre-customized & size appropriate, cut, styled and ready for immediate wear. The wispy hair strands have been arranged in the cutest most adorable elfish coiffure!

visit Baby-Bangs website

 

Bizarre Music Video – Celebrities Lip Sync ‘Let It Be’

The story behind this video HERE

Too Close To Home, Ziggy [comic]

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China Bests US Again – This Time It’s Cockroach Farming

crfarm-sAccording to TheVerge –

And you thought your apartment was a roach motel. In China, a growing number of farmers are making their living by breeding a rather unusual variety of livestock: thousands and thousands of cockroaches. The roach farming industry remains secretive in China, with proprietors wary of attracting government attention or the ire of their neighbors. But the industry is also an increasingly prosperous one, as the Los Angeles Times points out: the price of dried cockroaches has soared from $2 per pound in 2010 to $20 today. That’s mostly because roaches are more popular than ever among Chinese medical providers, who incorporate crushed roaches into experimental baldness and cancer treatments, as well as cosmetics firms. They’re also being marketed as mouthwatering delicacies by some restaurants. Bon appétit!

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Eating Popcorn In The Cinema Makes People Immune To Advertising

popcornboxAccording to TheGuardian –

Eating popcorn in the cinema may be irritating not just for fellow movie goers, but for advertisers: a group of researchers from Cologne University has concluded that chewing makes us immune to film advertising. The reason why adverts manage to imprint brand names on our brains is that our lips and the tongue automatically simulate the pronunciation of a new name when we first hear it. Every time we re-encounter the name, our mouth subconsciously practises its pronunciation. However, according to the study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, this “inner speech” can be disturbed by chewing, rendering the repetition effect redundant.

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Time Lapse Video of California’s Natural Beauty


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