LEARN CHESS

ChessCademy.com is an awesome site for learning chess. It’s also free.

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10 FABULOUSLY QUIRKY RESTAURANTS

Search “10 Fabulously Quirky Restaurants” to see TripAdvisor’s list.  In Bavaria, your food is delivered on a roller coaster, in England you can dine in a tree-house. in the Maldives, have dinner under the ocean. (The average elevation above sea level is a little more than three feet; the average elevation of Florida is about six feet.)

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FINDING A JOB

JobApplicationDB.com lists 1200 companies with their job applications. It claims to be the largest direct application site and is adding more each month. Users are directed to a company’s internal career site where they can see jobs not posted on job boards.

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GETTING JUNK OFF YOUR PHONE

CCleaner, free for Android, gets rid of junk on your phone. We’ve used it on our computers, and the phone app is just as good. It got rid of 898 megabytes of useless files, almost a gigabyte. A $2 app for iPhone/iPad called “CCleaner Doctor” is made by a different company but does a good job too.

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JOBS FOR VETS

USTechVets.org helps veterans transition into civilian jobs. It includes educational resources and a job bank. Their resume data base has almost a million resumes.

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NAME THAT TUNE

Midomi.com listens while you sing or hum a tune and then tells you the name of it. Sometimes. It never did recognize our rendition of La Bamba, but was quick to get the Zulu folk song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” (Bob says the really tough question of the week is … “What was the song on the flip side of that 45-rpm record when it first came out?”)

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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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