Saturday, February 9, 2013

Henson Ong on Gun Control

I have found that sometimes that people who are not from these United States have the clearest view on our politics.  Here is one example.

"Henson Ong at Gun Violence Prevention Public Hearing - Hartford, CT - 1/28/2013"

"If gun control actually did work, Washington D.C. and Chicago would be the safest cities in your nation.  But it does not.  They have the toughest gun laws and the highest crime and murder rates."

Friday, February 8, 2013

Song of the Day: Sarah Darling - Free Fallin

"Sarah Darling Free Fallin"

Great song performed by a great singer.  Live, with all kinds of background noise, and I loved it anyway!  Did you hear that, Beyonce?  :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Song of the Day: Ed Sheeran - The A Team (second post, live version)

This is the second time I've posted this song.  But I'm posting it again, because I found a very nice live version.  Here's the first version, from my earlier post (Song of the Day: Ed Sheeran - The A Team, from Friday, July 20, 2012).
"Ed Sheeran - The A Team"

And here's the version I recently ran across.  I think I like this live version better.
"Ed Sheeran - 'The A Team' captured in The Live Room"

There's a lesson in there, Beyonce.  The emotion of a live performance more than makes up for any imperfection.  Just my opinion.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How much are driver-less cars worth?

And should I spell it "driverless" or "driver-less"?  Ah, who cares.

Check out these articles from Forbes:
"Fasten Your Seatbelts: Google's Driverless Car Is Worth Trillions" by Chunka Mui

"Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 2: The Ripple Effects" by Chunka Mui

"Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 3: Sooner Than You Think" by Chunka Mui

There are more installments coming.
Series Outline:
    1. Fasten Your Seatbelts: Google’s Driverless Car Is Worth Trillions
    2. The Ripple Effects—As Far As The Eye Can See
    3. Why Change Will Come Sooner Than You Think
    4. How Google Will Profit
    5. How Auto Makers Might Win (or Lose)
    6. If You Think You Can Just Be A Spectator, Think Again

Follow Chunka Mui on Google Plus (I did) to get notified of future installments in this series.

Is Google at the forefront of a new transportation revolution?  Will we someday look back and tell our grandkids (I used to be able to say "kids" when typing a sentence like this) that we remember the days when we had to drive our own cars?  That we actually know how to drive a car without any computer help?!

Wow, technology moves at a fast pace!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GMail and Browser Tips

Here's a nice GMail tip, if you find yourself giving out your e-mail address to various organizations when you sign up for stuff (newsletters and so forth).

Posted on Google Plus:
"Your GMail address has a near infinite number of variations!" Lars Fosdal

And the official page, from Google:
"Using an address alias"
Gmail doesn't offer traditional aliases, but you can receive messages sent to For example, messages sent to are delivered to You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another email account

And here's a bonus tip.  This is one I really need, because I do accidentally close tabs in my browser from time to time--only to wish I hadn't.  If that happens, you don't have to try to remember exactly where you were and go back to that page manually.  From
"Actual Advice Mallard" by Louaii

Just hit CTRL-SHIFT-T to re-open the tab you just closed! I checked this on Firefox and Chrome, works great.  No need to check on Internet Explorer, of course, because why would anyone use that?

There are some other good memes on that page, too.  Enjoy!