Jul 30, 2011

Fun at the Rock County 4-H Fair

It was hot and humid, but I'm glad I made it to the Fair this year. In this video, you will see someone hosing down a goat and then herself. I almost asked her to sprinkle me!

10 Reasons Not to Buy an iPad for Students


The retirement-savings crisis is overblown


3 Ways to Keep Your Data With You At All Times


ZoneAlarm SocialGuard Review

Walt Mossberg

Walmart.com offers streaming online videos from Vudu


Nintendo 3DS price drops from $250 to $170; 20 free games for U.S. owners


Man arrested in store call scams


Beware of Online Help Wanted Scams


FTC Stops Fake 'Yellow Pages' Scam


FTC Accepts Final Settlement with Twitter for Failure to Safeguard Personal Information


FTC Halts Timeshare Property Resale Scam; Telemarketers Falsely Claimed They Had Buyers Lined Up, Agency Alleges


FTC Sues Two Funeral Homes for Failing to Provide Price Lists


Jul 16, 2011

Southern Wisconsin Sights

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of Wisconsin photographers, but none has traveled more than Galen R. Frysinger of Sheboygan.

I’ll bet you Galen has been around the world as many times as Mark Twain or more.. His photos are found in publications such as National Geographic. 

Galen has supplied photos for a number of my videos including “Mark Twain’s Egyptian Journey.” 

I have invited Galen to do a photo shoot of Janesville. He said it was a possibility. Meanwhile here are some of Galen’s photos of  Southern Wisconsin.

Jul 8, 2011

Watching newspapers

“Who would have thought 25 years ago that we would be part of a video project for a newspaper?" asked a retired videographer I worked with at a Green Bay TV station. My old TV friend was letting me use some of his beautiful video in the Janesville Gazette.

I wanted to say something eloquent this week about how the Internet is changing newspapers, books and magazines... But a TV commercial says it better than I ever could.

Although it’s an iPad commercial, it sums up the amazing things that a lot of  us are doing now with computers in general…Like when grandma and I see a telephone call from our Janesville fourth-grader calling on Skype.

Simple maintenance can prevent costly repairs


Water less often and the savings will have you jumping for joy


How to prevent expensive pest attacks


Scientists find extremophile organisms lurking in dishwashers


Why More Americans May Start Putting Money Under Their Mattresses


Vacationers: ID thieves welcome you

 MSN Money

Why Text Messages Cost Cellular Companies Virtually Nothing

The Consumerist

Ubiquitous ‘tiny belly’ online ad part of scheme, government says

The Washington Post

Jul 1, 2011

Sandhill cranes in Walworth County, WI

I stopped by a farmer's field a few years ago to watch Sandhill cranes doing their wonderful jumping-wingflapping-floating mating dance.  If I only had my camera.
This time I did when I saw parent Sandhills escorting their offspring in Walworth County.
Sandhills are like some of us in that they can live to be 80, stick with the same mate for up to 30 years, and fly to Florida for the winter.
The WI Dept. of Natural resources says females lay one or two eggs. Chicks are born in 30 days and have fuzzy yellow-brown feathers. Born in May, they fly by July. Families feed together on seeds, tubers, grasshoppers, snails, frogs, snakes, birds and mice. Cranes can be a problem for farmers when they pull up sprouting corn in spring and eat large amounts of field grain in the fall.
Birders love Sandhills and count them as they come back from Florida.  They look for a wingspan of up to 8 feet!

Don't Let A Salesperson Tell You What The Contract Says: Read It

The Consumerist

Diet sodas: Do they, or don’t they, help you lose weight?

Consumer Reports

Why we left our factories in China


Consumer Reports: Best barbecue sauce

Is the tax man a tax cheat?


5 ways you may get nicked by new bank fees


Fly or Drive Calculator


FTC Crackdown Does Little To Curb Ads For Fake News Sites

The Consumerist

AMA Attacks Photoshopping For Promoting Anorexia

 The Consumerist

Basics of Photography: Your Camera’s Manual Settings

Basics of Photography

Diet sodas: Do they, or don’t they, help you lose weight?

Diet sodas: Do they, or don’t they, help you lose weight?