NUMBERS REPORT – THE GROWTH OF PINTEREST

Freelancer.com, claims to be the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace for freelance jobs and recently noticed some changes in the way listings are being posted. They looked at nearly 300,000 jobs posted in the most recent quarter and found that “Pinterest,” a social networking site where you pin items of interest onto your own virtual corkboard, is becoming more essential than Twitter and Facebook. Pinterest recently expanded “Promoted Pins,” which are bookmarked sites promoted by advertisers. Eighty percent of Pinterest 70 million users are women. The average user spends 98 minutes a month there. Pinterest is second only to Facebook in steering people to websites.

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TIPS AND TRICKS

– If you look up a map in Google Maps while you’re connected to the Internet, it will still be there when you’re disconnected. That goes for directions too. — Your cell phone service provider will block certain text messages if you call and give them a name or number to block.

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A WRITER’S GIFT

SheWrites.com is a site with lots of advice for writers. One suggests giving your writing as a gift. Instead of buying a toaster oven as a birthday present, create a short story or write a note of gratitude, put it on a scroll or frame it.

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FOOD PAIRING

FoodPairing.com Who would have ever thought the spice tarragon goes with strawberry? We found some interesting suggestions here. (Tarragon, by the way, comes from the Spanish city Tarragona, which was the capital of Roman Spain.)

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REMARKABLE PHOTOS

Twitter.com/AwkwardGoogle has some remarkable photos. We liked the monkey who adopted an abandoned kitten, a bridge made of trampolines, and sea otters who hold hands in their sleep so they don’t drift away from each another. (So cute.) And there’s a picture of a  barge carrying a dozen large ships. (Cheaper than sailing them in one by one.)

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37 WAYS TO MAKE IKEA STUFF LOOK EXPENSIVE

 “37 Hacks to Make Your Ikea Stuff Look Expensive” has clever decorating ideas. Sometimes it’s as simple as replacing the legs on a couch or adding leather drawer pulls to a dresser. Other hacks will bring out your inner crafter.

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NOTES AND REMINDERS

Google Keep makes it easy to take notes on your computer, phone or tablet. Write a note on one device and its synced on another.

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USING OTHER LANGUAGES WITHOUT LEARNING THEM

We wanted to invite our new neighbors, a Japanese family, to dinner but the wife doesn’t speak much English. So we used Google Translate.

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X-RAY VISION AND BEYOND

Chromoscope.net displays the Milky Way (our galaxy) in several wavelengths. If you were an alien with x-ray vision the galaxy would look quite different to you, so probably would we. Wave lengths shown add gamma rays and radio waves. Here’s looking at you, kid.

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FREE PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

PsychTests.com offers free psychological testing. They also do surveys. Recently they found that perfectionism is not a trait that bosses should look for in perspective employees.

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