Friday, November 12, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 12, 2010

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Something Random

As an almost purely visual thinker, and former "mind maps" trainer, I can't help but love a good flow chart. Here's a few that caught my eye this week:
Science and Technology

Who needs all those CSI gadgets? Ears Could Make Better Unique IDs Than Fingerprints.

Hate to cook? Why Making Dinner Is a Good Idea.

It's an email smackdown! Aol To Unveil New Aol Mail On Sunday vs. Facebook’s Gmail Killer, Project Titan, Is Coming On Monday. Coming to PPV (not really) on November 15th!

If you'll be traveling during the holiday season, you might be interested to know that between November 20 and January 2, 2010, Google Gives Free Wi-Fi to Holiday Travelers.

Finally, it's time to start thinking about the perfect Christmas gift for the techno-geek in your family: 2010 GeekDad Holiday Gift Guide #2 (Note to my family: I could use one of those cool Eye-Fi memory cards. And a Kindle.). For the family photog: Fashionable Camera Cufflinks for the Budding Photographer. Or perhaps he/she would prefer a Spy T-Shirt with a Built-In Spy Camera (I mean, who wouldn't?).

From the Blogs:

Ok, enough goofing around.

Caroline Pointer shares They Had Balls. It didn't win, but it's got one heck of a title.

Kerry Scott needs you to help her figure out what her chicken thingy dish is in Please Help Me Solve A Mystery. I inherited one of these dishes from my grandmother, but it's much larger and redder than Kerry's itty, bitty one.

Got Greek ancestors? Check out Kathleen Brandt's Five Steps Closer to Your Greek Ancestor.

Start planning your genealogy vacation now: Exploring Your Roots Cruise – two new genealogy cruises in 2011. Sign me up - I have yet to earn that "I'm on a Boat!" badge on Foursquare!

Joanne asks: Have You Cleaned Out Your Shoebox on It's been a seriously long time since I've done this, and with my husband and I both using the same account, I shudder to think what might be in there. Similarly, Joan Miller asks Where is Your Digital Shoebox? (Mine is also on Mozy.)

What do you do with your unlabeled photos? Melissa Mannon shares a story of one of hers in Shared Cultural Heritage: My Unlabeled History.

If you like old clocks, you'll love Nancy's Clock Builder Turns Back Time...

I've been enjoying Becky Jamison's touching story of how and why she created a genealogy book for her adopted son. This week, she shares Delivery of My Son’s Genealogy Book.

Deborah Large Fox reminds us to look carefully at what we've already got in WHAT CLUES MIGHT YOU BE MISSING?

From the "ewww" department: Boston 1775's Bathroom Break. Kids haven't changed much - this is still a pretty big concern.

Malissa Ruffner tells a sweet story of her family (with great photos) in El Paso Places.

Madaleine J. Laird shares some Central Coast secrets in Highlighting Hidden Collections on the Purple Heart Trail.

I'm pretty sure that the GEDCOM is as old as I am. Ok, maybe not that old, but at least as old as computers (not the really big ones). So you'll be happy to read DearMYRTLE's announcement, Build a BetterGEDCOM goes LIVE.

Don't be a sucker. The Chart Chick warns that we should Observe Safety Rule #1 for the Genealogy Internet Playground.

And don't miss footnoteMaven's Annotate Your Sources - It Can't Hurt And It Just Might Help.

The Last Byte

There were many, many posts about veteran ancestors this week in honor of Veterans Day. You can see the bunch at Geneabloggers, but here are a few that stood out for me:
Not being one to forget to honor veterans, my post will be coming later. I spent most of Veterans Day trying to explain the concept to a 4 year-old.

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Jenna said...

Thanks for this post Elizabeth. I've been busy with all my travel and really needed a "Cliff Notes" version of what's been posted out there!! :)

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Once again, I have proven myself to be a hazard with an iPhone. I should not be allowed to operate any sort of electronics before having my first cup of coffee. But... I did, and I accidentally deleted Kerry Scott's comment. I'm so sorry, Kerry. I absolutely do appreciate your comment. I'm going to go sit quietly in a corner now and consume large quantities of legal, addictive stimulants.

Here is what Kerry had to say (copied from email):

Kerry said...

Thank you for the mention!

And I completely sympathize with the futility of trying to explain Veteran's Day to a small child. Mine didn't get it either, but they liked wearing their flag shirts that day.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Jenna - Glad to help you out with some Cliffs Notes (used to love those!). Hope you had a wonderful trip to DC!

Kerry - If you find anything that works in the explaining-to-kids department, please let me know. We're still working on "what is a soldier."

Heather Rojo said...

Very nice list this week! And I remember that when my own daughter was 4 the first Gulf War broke out. I gave her the simple explanation that a very bad man had done some bad things far away (set the oil wells on fire, etc.) and the soldiers went there to stop him. She was satisfied with that explanation. September 11th happened on her very first day of high school, and it was much harder to explain. There aren't always age appropriate answers, even for adults and almost adults.

Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

Thanks for a great list from this past week! It is great to have a "round-up" of the week.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

You're welcome, Joan - I enjoy doing it!

Thanks for the advice, Heather. That sounds like a good explanation. It's so hard to decide what to tell little ones - you want to give them enough information to help them understand, but not so much that it causes nightmares.

Jennifer said...

Great list!! It looks like there are a lot of great reads this week. :)

Nancy said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth. I appreciate it.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Jennifer - Glad you enjoyed the list!

Nancy - You're very welcome. I enjoyed your post on the clocks!