Monday, October 20, 2014

Enature.com

Hi All,

Just found out about one of the most popular nature sites on the web: Enature.com. I never heard about it before...but wow.  What a vast treasure trove of information about wild animals and plants of the United States. 

The core content of the wildlife is information about nearly 6,000 individual species.  Information on the site comes from the same data set used to created the printed edition of the Audubon Field Guides.  Awesome - the information is basically free!!!

So - what does the site offer viewers?  There are Wildlife Guides, links to Local Nature, Ask an Expert, Fun & Games, an Advanced Search and a blog.  Users can also conduct a species search and look for Field Guides for more than 5,500 species. 

Field Guides run the gamut of animals:  from Birds, Butterflies, Fishes, Insects & Spiders, Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, Seashore Creatures, Trees and Wildflowers.  Clicking on this link brings you to the Field Guides search page where you can search the Field Guides by the category listed above - and you can search within the Field Guides by keyword.

Each Field Guide has the name of the animal, its family, a description, dimensions, habitat, observation tips, range, voice, similar species and a brief discussion of the animal.

Awesome, awesome, awesome - comprehensive, authoritative and easy to use information is available.  What a great site for a nature lover who is conversant with the internet and computers. 

Also on this page is a box that users can use to find a particular option:
1. Learn what wildlife lives in my area.
2. Identify an animal or plant I just saw.
3. Ask a specimen question.
4. Get information about a National Park or Refuge.
5.  Know what endangered species live near me.

Finally, click on this link for the Free iPhone Apps from eNature.com!

Enjoy the site and the information!

Regards,
Stu

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tips For Getting a Better Night Sleep

Hi All,

We've all heard it from friends or coworkers or family members, "I'm tired, I didn't sleep at all last night.".  Well, sleep is ridiculously important.  It affects your heatlh, performance at work, and much more.  Click on this link from WebMD about chronic lack of sleep and the affects it has. It's not pretty - so try to catch up on your zzzz's.  And, if the prior article hasn't persuaded you to get more sleep, perhaps this article will...  This link is from the National Institute of Health - a US government agency - and is written so that the layperson can understand the affects of not enough sleep.

Now, onto the meat of this entry.  Click on this link for an article from MoneyTalkNews entitled 'How Much is Enough?'.  Article gives NIH recommendations for the amount of sleep that school-age children, teenagers and adults should get.  Section titles include '3 Reasons Why You're Not Sleeping' and other tips on how to set the mood for a good nights' sleep. 

Finally, click on this link - which goes to the library card catalog.  Specifically the link goes to the subject of 'sleep' in the card catalog.  I also did a sort so that the newest books come up first. 

Here's to getting a good night sleep.

Regards,
Stu

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall is Garage Sale Time!

Hi All,

Garage sales are awesome! Where else can you find gently used merchandise (clothing, toys, kitchen appliances, tools, computer accessories, kids clothing, toys and more...) at a fraction of the cost that you would normally spend for the same stuff at a Wal-Mart or Target or Sears or BuyBuyBaby?  Indeed - garage sales can save you big bucks!   Which is why I'm writing about them today!  I love to save money - who doesn't!

There are 4 major garage sale/yard sale sites on the web. They are:
1. YardsaleSearch.com
2. LISaler.com
3. Garagesalestracker.com
4. GSALR.com

YardsaleSearch.com lets users look for garage sales by state or by zip code.  Users can post a yard sale and get yard sale tips as well. The site has an informative blog as well.  One of the reasons why I like this site is the 'down home', country type feel to the site.  Click on this 'About Us' link and you'll understand why you feel so comfortable on this very, very useful garage sale site.

LISaler.com is another helpful garage sale website available to users. Like the prior site, users can find a yard sale and post an ad. Users can also find professional services on the site as well.  Clicking on the 'Find a Sale' link takes you to a page where garage sales are listed chronologically.  When I looked - 10/12/14 - I found garage sales that were taking place that very same day. How is that for timely? 

Clicking on any of the garage sales links takes you to another page that includes date and time of the garage sale, a map and a link for directions to the sale and, finally, a brief narrative of what items are being sold at the garage sale.  It is very, useful and comprehensive information for someone who likes to visit garage sales on a regular basis.

Users can find active sales by city by clicking on the box on the right side of the page. Finally, LISaler has videos that users can watch.

Another garage sale website that is very helpful is GarageSalesTracker.com.  At the top of the page, visitors to the site will see a box where the zip code and a distance can be entered.  Basically the site is asking you to enter a zip code to look for all garage sales within a radius....Entering a zip code and the radius option brings you to a results page.  Contact information, date, time and more are listed on the new page.  In additions, readers can get more details about the garage sale and driving directions.  One thing about GarageSalesTracker.com - there is some advertising on the site.  Somewhat annoying, but not a deal breaker.  From the home page, users can also click on a 'Browse Sales' link at the top of the page.

Finally, users would be remiss in not looking at GSALR.com.  It has many of the same features as the previous three sites mentioned.  Users see a big dialog box at the top of the page when they first visit the site. By entering the City and State, they are taken to a page of garage sales.  But first, they have to navigate a pop-up (annoying window) that asks the user if they want to sign up for free email alerts.  The dialog box can be closed by clicking on the X at the top right portion of the box.

Beneath the box appears a map with all the garage sales that were found.  Users can zoom out to view more sales.  On the right side of the page, users can find a comprehensive list of the garage sales.  Including address, details, time and more about any particular sale. Clicking the 'Details' box brings the user to another page that includes a map, address and, in some cases a very detailed description of the garage sale.  Whew!

There you have it!  Four great garage sale/yard sale sites for the inner antiques collector/shopper/hunter in all of us.  Good luck finding what everything you need for your house and kids at these sales!

Enjoy the sites - and enjoy the weekends and the treasures that you'll find at these yard sales.

Regards,
Stu

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014-2015 Hockey Season Opens Tonight


Hi All,

Just a quickie post to celebrate the opening of the NHL's hockey season tonight. Click on this link to go to a Bing.com article discussing the NHL regular season coverage that begins tonight.

And for those of you who like to cut to the chase, click on this link from Puck Daddy for an article that attempts to pick the team that will win the Stanley Cup in 2015. 

Here's an interesting link - its NHL Gamecenter Live - brought to you by the NHL website. So, yes, you can watch the games in real time!

Click on this link for NHL schedules. 

And, of course, what die-hard fan doesn't want to draft their own team and play Fantasy Hockey?  Click on an of these xx links to join a fantasy NHL league today. Fantasy Hockey-ESPN, NHL Fantasy Hockey, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey. 

Finally, for all you puckheads out there, click on this link for almost every imaginable hockey statistic you can imagine.  Link goes to Hockey-Reference.com - sister-site of Baseball-Reference.com and one of my all-time favorite sites!

Enjoy the sites - and enjoy the brand, spankin' new 2015 NHL hockey season.

Regards,
Stu

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Farmingdale Observer - local news at your fingertips

Hi All,

Would you like to know what is going on in and around town in Farmingdale? Are you tired of searching through Google News or Yahoo! News in the hopes of finding an article related to Farmingdale?

Well folks, search no more.  The Farmingdale Observer is online - and has been for years now. Just pop on over to this link and you'll be delivered to the website of the Farmingdale Observer.

So...what do you find when you go to the site?  Lots of Farmingdale related news - and its well organized.  For example, there are tabs for Healthy Living, Classifieds, Subscribe to the Farmingdale Observer, Advertise with the Farmingdale Observer, Contact, Contests and Promotions.

Note that the online version of the Farmingdale Observer contains a limited selection of what the full newspaper contains.  Click this link to subscribe to the Farmingdale Observer - and you'll be connected to the community weekly when the newspaper arrives at your doorstep.  

Readers can contact the Farmingdale Observer by calling 516-747-8282 or by visiting this page to figure out who you want to email at the newspaper.

Enjoy your local news being delivered to you house - or reading online.

Regards,
Stu

Friday, October 3, 2014

Earthcam and other Live Cams...

Hi All,

With all the red light and speed cameras, tv on the web (not to mention movies on demand - hello Netflix) It seems like we live in a world of 24x7x365 video. Oh, right...let's not forget about tablets and smartphones that have video capabilities...I guess we do live in a world of video.

So, without further ado - here is EarthcamWhat is Earthcam you ask?  Great question.

As the site itself proclaims, "EarthCam.com is the premiere network of scenic webcams and offers a complete searchable database of interesting places and views from around the world. The award winning website (Webby Award Winner – Tourism) is viewed by fans in 192 countries and ranks among the top 1% of all websites. EarthCam.com is the world’s favorite webcam network and the EarthCam Network cameras have been seen on top news shows, including CNN’s Headline News."

So there you have it.  Earthcam is a major site for watching LIVE Webcams.  Just on their homepage visitors can look at video from Times Square, NYC, Las Vegas, NV, Venice Beach California, Washington DC, Mount Rushmore and much more....

There is even an Earthcam Hall of Fame - this link will take you to that part of the Earthcam site.  Basically these are webcams that visitors to Earthcam submit. 

Funstuff for sure...just make sure that you don't obsess over the webcams. 

Other interesting webcam sites include:
Yellowstone National Park - webcam
123Cam
GeoCam.tv
VolcanoLive.com
CornellLab of Ornithology - bird cams

Enjoy the sites and the cams!

Regards,
Stu

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting From Here to There: Mapping Websites

Hi All,

Just a quickie post today about mapping and direction (how-to-get-there) type websites.

Some quality sites that have good maps, easy-to-read directions and a few that have some extra 'perks' include:

Google Maps
Users can enter the address of where they are leaving from and the address of there destination. Users can click on the 'Direction' icon and a menu will appear when users can enter the starting point and the destination.   Once that information is entered a map appears and the route is traced in blue.  Trip length - both in time and distance (miles) appears on the screen.   The actual turn-by-turn directions are included as well.  Users can scroll in on the map to get a more detailed view of the trip.  Users can also scroll out on the map to get a more general - larger - view of the trip.  And, of course, the map can be printed so that you can use it when you are on the trip.   With Google Maps users can get an actual street view of that the street looks like.  Users can also get a satellite view of the map they are looking at.

A new feature that Google Maps has is the option to choose a travel route by mode of transportation. For example, users can see how to get from A to B by car, walking, bicycle or by bus.

Users can share maps, embed maps in documents, change search settings and save map search history for the future.
 


Mapquest.com
Mapquest is a competitor to Google Maps.  Some folks think it is better than Google Maps.  Others don't.  Take your pick.  But....Mapquest enables users to find charging stations for cards, lodging, restaurants, travel services, shopping, and more.  There is a MapQuest app available - just click the option 'App' and then enter your mobile phone number and the app will be sent to your phone.  Like Google Maps, users can print, email or link the map as well as scroll in and out of the map (once generated) to get the 'bigger' or 'smaller' picture of the map. Once a map is generated, estimate fuel cost is available.  Alternate routes are given as possible options for the user.  Live traffic can be seen by clicking on the Live Traffic option.  Also, traffic cameras are identified along a particular route.

So there ya have it...now there is no reason for you to be late or to get lost when you visit anybody, anywhere, anytime.

Hope the maps work well for you!

Regards,
Stu