Happy Birthday, WWW!

Did you know that it was the 20th birthday of the WWW? Twenty years ago, on April 30, 1993, CERN set the World Wide Web free.

Saw this article and thought I would share it. As they say, you’ve come a long way baby!

Happy Birthday WWW

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

The information-sharing tool that changed the world turns 20 years old this month

By Laura Leigh Davidson | December 1 , 2010
 
You probably can’t remember a time when you weren’t able to power up a computer and find almost any type of information you can imagine. That information comes to you courtesy of the World Wide Web.

The Web “went live,” or became usable for the public, 20 years ago this month. The invention of the Web significantly changed the way we communicate and learn.

THE WEB’S INVENTOR

The World Wide Web was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee of the United Kingdom. He wanted to find a way for users on different computers to access the same information.

Berners-Lee knew a lot about the Internet, the network that allows computers to communicate. At the time, the Internet was mainly used by a small number of scientists and computer experts. It enabled computers to “talk” to one another, but there was no good way for people to access and share information over the Internet.

So Berners-Lee developed an easy way to create Web pages. He also set up ways to organize and link those pages. His goal was to make it possible for anyone, anywhere to post information and access it on the Web.

WEB GROWTH

In the 1990s, the Web exploded into an international community where Internet users could quickly share information in many forms—images, sound, and video as well as text.

Before e-mail, people stayed in touch by phone and by writing letters, which mail carriers had to deliver. They still write letters, but less frequently. Many more ways to write and communicate now exist. Webmail, instant messaging, video chats, social-networking sites, and blogs are all popular ways to keep in touch with friends. Many people even have their own Web pages.

Nowadays, the Web is a place that allows schools, museums, libraries, and businesses to post information and present programs, products, and services to an unlimited audience.

The Web has become a place where people around the globe can instantly interact and be incredibly creative. That’s just what the inventor said he had in mind 20 years ago.

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DWTS (U.S. Season 16) — Week 7

DWTS Season 16

Dancing with the Stars (Season 16)

Here is my 2-cents on week 7 — Latin Night of the show.

There is just too much good TV shows on Monday, so I was trying hard to pay attention to the show.

So this week here are my picks:

Best Pair(s) — Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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I really like this team. I think Val is doing an outstanding job teaching Zendaya the dances they are doing. On the social media site I particpate in, Get Glue, there are people on there that say the Zendaya has an advantage over everyone else becuse she dances hip-hop and has musicality. Then there are some that says it’s a popularity contest.

My 2-cents on the whole advantage thing is, yes, she may have the musicality thing going for her, but the structured techniques of ballroom dancing are apples vs. oranges. Just because you can move to the beat does not mean that you will be able to do the perfect Paso Doble.

Worst Pair(s) —  Or more like the pair that needs to go home — Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess

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As entertaining as Andy Dick is, it’s his time to go. I would prefer to see Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd go before them.

Best Song(s)

I’ll be watching tonight to see if any of my picks were right.

Side Notes:

I’m still boycotting Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas and Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough. I don’t like Mark and/or Derek and I really don’t want to see them win again.

Official website of U.S Dancing with the Stars

Cast of DWTS Season 16

Twitter:

R.I.P. George Jones

Here a post from January 24, 2009 about George Jones.

George Jones died on April 26, 2013 at the age of 81.

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George Jones – White Lightning

I wouldn’t say that I was a George Jones fan, I might I have a couple of his songs on my iPod. But after I saw the The Kennedy Center Honors and he was on of the honorees, I had to check out more of his songs. Garth Brooks sang “White Lightning” and there was something about that song that I liked.

Here is a little history on “White Lightning” (1959)

“White Lightning” is a song written by the late rockabilly artist J. P. Richardson, best known by his stage name, The Big Bopper.

The song was recorded by country music artist George Jones and later released it as a single.

On April 13, 1959, Jones’ version became the first Number One single of his career. The song has since been covered by numerous artists.

I have at least played it a dozen or more times since I found the song. And I just love watching the video.

Side note:
George Jones’ nickname was “The Possum,” a joke on Jones’ facial features.

Some of his hits included “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Thank you, George Jones for leaving us your wonderful music to listen to.

Song of the Week — Come Unto Me

I heard the song “Come Unto Me” (2013) by The Mavericks (from their album, In Time) on the TV show “Dallas” (2012) season finale. I wasn’t quite sure who sang that song, but I must have listened to it a half dozen times.

After I found out who sung the song, I got on YouTube to find the video. After playing it, a half dozen times, I went to iTunes to buy the song and put it on my iPhone, iPad and iPod.

I have always liked liked The Marvericks and Raul Malo‘s voice. I didn’t know that The Mavericks broke up and just reunited… lucky us.

So thanks to the TV show “Dallas” for playing this song. I’m sure there are other fans of The Mavericks out there that are happy you picked that song.

DWTS (U.S. Season 16) — Week 6

DWTS Season 16

Dancing with the Stars (Season 16)

Here is my 2-cents on week 6 of the show.

There is just too much good TV shows on Monday, so I was trying hard to pay attention to the show.

So this week here are my picks:

Best Pair(s) — Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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I really think this is the team to beat. The only problem I have with this team is that Zendaya loves to throw around how young she is.OK, we get it. We got it the first 500 times you said it.

Worst Pair(s) —  Or more like the pair that needs to go home — Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold.

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I think it is time for them to be voted off. It’s getting to that time of the show were they really need to start weeding out the pairs that are on the bottom. Victor and Lindsay have been trying, but it’s time to go. Next team to go — Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess. He’s entertaining, but not a dancer.

Best Song(s)

All the songs from the show were written and performed by Stevie Wonder.

I’ll be watching tonight to see if any of my picks were right.

Side Notes:

Official website of U.S Dancing with the Stars

Cast of DWTS Season 16

Twitter:

Happy Earth Day

I found this aricle online and thought I would share it.

Happy Earth Day!

Earth

8 fascinating facts about Planet Earth Happy Earth Day!
By Catherine Garcia

1. The Earth is not a perfect sphere. It’s actually an oblate spheroid, thanks to a a slight equatorial bulge (the difference between the equatorial and polar diameters).

2. Gravity changes across the surface of the Earth — so dieters might want to avoid the poles, where you weigh 0.5 percent more than at the equator. This gravity disparity is largely due to that equatorial bulge creating non-uniform distances from points on the planet’s surface to center of the Earth, and to the fact that the Earth spins.

3. The oceans, which cover almost 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, contain close to 20 million tons of gold.

4. Humans have explored less than 10 percent of the Earth’s vast oceans. Get on it, James Cameron.

5. The Earth’s atmosphere is composed of five main layers, and the higher up you go, the thinner the atmosphere gets; that’s why 75 percent of the atmosphere’s mass is in the troposphere, the lowest layer and the place where weather occurs.

6. The atmosphere is responsible for auroras — which occur when solar wind particles hit atoms in the upper atmosphere of the Earth, creating beautiful displays of light. Red and blue auroras are caused by the excitation of nitrogen atoms, while green auroras and brownish-red auroras are from the excitation of oxygen.

7. The Earth’s softest known mineral is talc. (Why do you think we use it to powder ourselves?) Talc is used in a variety of ways, including as a glaze in ceramics and as a filler in paper.

8. The Earth’s tectonic plates, which collide with each other and are responsible for everything from earthquakes to mountains being formed, also play a vital role in maintaining the planet’s carbon balance and thus, allowing life to thrive.

Prayers for People of West, Texas

What a week it had been in the world. With all that has happened, the one things that happens after a tragedy is people coming together.

I saw this picture in Facebook and thought it was cool.

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Prayers to everyone effected by what happened in West, Texas. Know that you are not alone and there are people out there praying for you and yours.

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