Monthly Archives: January 2012

The 25 Least Expensive Places to Live


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Cost of Living and Doctor's Fees in 1848
Cost of Living and Doctor’s Fees in 1848

Sometimes it’s not so much how you live as where you live that determines how much money you can really save over the course of a year.

And we can thank the COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (C2ER) for their annual COST OF LIVING report that lists the LEAST EXPENSIVE CITIES to live in, based on the monthly rent for a 2-bedroom apartment, monthly average house payment, a gallon of gas, a hamburger, and a 1/2-gallon of milk. Continue reading THE 25 LEAST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO LIVE

Video Fun: Disney and Pixar Movies remixed into Pop Music


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Innovate the Pixar Way: Business Lessons from the World's Most Creative Corporate Playground
Innovate the Pixar Way:
Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Corporate Playground

Web Watch is always amazed at the creativity that the Internet has sparked.

Maybe that creativity and innovation has always been there, but the Internet has certainly made finding these things more exciting and accessible to all.

So when we stumbled upon this remix of audio clips from the FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, we thought that we’d take a look to see what else POGOMIX has done.

And that’s when we discovered this treasure trove of audio remixes from various DISNEY and PIXAR films.   Watch below, and enjoy… Continue reading VIDEO FUN: DISNEY AND PIXAR MOVIES REMIXED INTO POP MUSIC

Video Fun: Did you know that the James Bond theme song had lyrics? Now you do!


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Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond
Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond

Did you know that the theme song to James Bond had lyrics?

Check out this lyric-filled tribute to our favorite 007 Super Spy: Continue reading VIDEO FUN: DID YOU KNOW THAT THE JAMES BOND THEME SONG HAD LYRICS? NOW YOU DO!

66% of employees surveyed will respond to email while on vacation


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Vacation
Vacation

66% of people surveyed said that they will respond to emails and text messages from work while on vacation.

Combine that with the 83% of diehard workaholics that say they check business email after-hours after they’ve left the office, and the 29% who still attend online meetings and/or conference calls while taking a day or two off, and what you have is a bunch of people who just can’t learn how to relax.   Heck, Web Watch is guilty of this ourselves, having done everything from creating Powerpoint presentations while sitting in a Las Vegas casino hotel lobby to hosting a conference call while on the Mad Tea Party teacups at Walt Disney World. 

We’re not proud of the latter, but one does what one has to do.

Not everybody can be “on” all the time; everyone is entitled to having some sort of downtime… and if your office can’t survive for an evening without your prying eyes micromanaging everything, then maybe you’re working for the wrong company. Continue reading 66% OF EMPLOYEES SURVEYED WILL RESPOND TO EMAIL WHILE ON VACATION

The 100 Most Mispronounced Words in the English Language


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Mastering the American Accent
Mastering the American Accent

The other day, Web Watch was chatting with a friend when she said that she “often” does stuff.

But she didn’t say “off-en”, she said “off-ten”.  In other words, she pronounced the “T” in “often”.

It’s understandable.  It’s a common mistake.  It’s certainly wrong, but she didn’t know.  She always that that she was pronouncing it perfectly.  Now she’s totally embarassed, wondering what else she had been saying that she has been pronouncing wrong all these years. Continue reading THE 100 MOST MISPRONOUNCED WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Is that YouTube video legal? Check out the YouTube Copyright School to learn more


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Harry Potter and the Order of the Court: The J.K. Rowling Copyright Case and the Question of Fair Use
Harry Potter and the Order of the Court:
The J.K. Rowling Copyright Case and the Question of Fair Use

Copyright is an important aspect of online life today, and not very many people understand it.

“The Internet is FREE”, they claim.  “Everything on the Internet is free for the taking!”

No, not so much.  Rule number one of Internet legalities:  Just because someone posted it on the Internet doesn’t mean that there is no copyright or that the material is free to be shared/taken. 

Fact is, the very act of writing something yourself gives you an automatic copyright to that material that YOU created.  Let’s emphasize that YOU created portion again.  It has to be original work from YOU for you to claim the copyright – and even then, you can only claim the copyright on the portion that YOU edited.

Even large mass-edited projects like Wikipedia have a copyright… but Wikipedia explicitly says that the individual Wikipedia editors can’t claim copyright on the text that is contributed directly to Wikipedia articles — just adding the text to Wikipedia grants Wikipedia a licence to make that text available for public use.  (Content that is already copyrighted outside of Wikipedia and still contributed by the original author falls under a different set of copyright guidelines — be sure to read that WP article for all the copyright details that may pertain to you.) Continue reading IS THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO LEGAL? CHECK OUT THE YOUTUBE COPYRIGHT SCHOOL TO LEARN MORE

List of 2012 Top Business Franchises


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The Educated Franchisee: The How-To Book for Choosing a Winning Franchise
The Educated Franchisee:
The How-To Book for Choosing a Winning Franchise

Are you looking for a business to invest in, perhaps becoming an owner-operator of your own established chain of [whatever]?

If so, then you probably already subscribe to Entrepreneur magazine. In their most recent issue, they’ve published their list of the TOP FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2012. Continue reading LIST OF 2012 TOP BUSINESS FRANCHISES

How much bandwidth does your cell service provider give you?


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Will Work for Bandwidth
Will Work for Bandwidth

Do you know how much bandwidth your cell phone provider gives you on your mobile phone contract?

We know – why does it matter how much our providers charge us for bandwidth?  The Internet is free, right?

Yeah… not so much. Continue reading HOW MUCH BANDWIDTH DOES YOUR CELL SERVICE PROVIDER GIVE YOU?

Sudoku so hard, it took one team a giant computer and an entire year to solve a single puzzle


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Will Shortz Presents Simply Sinister Sudoku: 200 Hard Puzzles
Will Shortz Presents Simply Sinister Sudoku: 200 Hard Puzzles

If you enjoy working on Sudoku puzzles as much as Web Watch does, then this may be of interest to you.

First, let’s talk a little bit about what Sudoku is, for those Web Watch readers who may have been living under a rock for the past 10 years:

Sudoku is a puzzle that is rumored to have been created by a puzzle creator living in Indiana, seemingly around 1979.  In 1984, it was published in a Japanese newspaper… and the rest, they say, is history.  The puzzle typically is a 9×9 square, and the object is to put the numbers 1-9 into the boxes so each row, column and 3×3 sub-block contains all the 1-9 digits.

In other words, it’s a game that’s absolutely perfect of playing on an iPad or phone. Continue reading SUDOKU SO HARD, IT TOOK ONE TEAM A GIANT COMPUTER AND AN ENTIRE YEAR TO SOLVE A SINGLE PUZZLE

The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym


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12 hassle-free exercises that you can do while watching TV
12 hassle-free exercises that you can do while watching TV

Now that we’re fully into the new year, it’s time to revisit that age-old New Year’s Resolution, GOING TO THE GYM MORE OFTEN.

Those of us who are smart will take the first six weeks of the year and NOT go to the gym on a regular basis, as then we have to deal with the newbie idiots who’ve never been to the gym before but feel that it’s necessary in order to Feel Good About Themselves Because They’re Sticking to their New Year’s Resolution.

Those people can suck it, because they’re not going to be around the gym any more after the Super Bowl is over.  We all know that January is the worst time to try to use the gym since it’s more crowded than it needs to be. Continue reading THE 27 RULES OF CONQUERING THE GYM

Now you really can give someone a flying f***


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Flying Fuck
A Flying F*ck

Now you really can give someone the FLYING F*CK that they deserve. Continue reading NOW YOU REALLY CAN GIVE SOMEONE A FLYING F***

Something to look forward to: 80-year-old women are satisfied with their sex lives


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Sex in the Golden Years - A Guide to the Best Senior Sex Possible
Sex in the Golden Years –
A Guide to the Best Senior Sex Possible

As we get older, one question that we all ask ourselves is whether we’ll still be “doing it” with our partners into retirement.  Sure, we all laugh (or shudder) at the thought of our parents getting it on, but you don’t ever think twice about your physical relationships now that you’re the same age as your parents were when you were getting grossed out at the thought of them even kissing, let alone knocking uglies. Continue reading SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO: 80-YEAR-OLD WOMEN ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR SEX LIVES

Looking for gluten-free beer? Your choices may be more limited than you think


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Gluten-Free Baking Classics
Gluten-Free Baking Classics

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from gluten allergy (also known as celiac disease), or just want to limit the amount of gluten that you ingest on a daily basis to something a bit more tolerable for your body, then you may want to read a recent study that came out that did some analysis on one item that almost requires gluten to exist in the first place:

Beer.

Yes, there are many gluten-free beers on the market today, but how many of them are labeled correctly with the term “gluten-free” if they actually contain gluten? Continue reading LOOKING FOR GLUTEN-FREE BEER? YOUR CHOICES MAY BE MORE LIMITED THAN YOU THINK

Want to succeed in business? Try wearing black


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Beyond Business Casual: What To Wear To Work If You Want To Get Ahead
Beyond Business Casual:
What To Wear To Work If You Want To Get Ahead

As we head into a new year, you may have on your list of New Year’s Resolutions to “get promoted at work”.

While working hard and getting recognized for the job that you do while at the office is only part of the way to advance your career – you may want to take a look at some of the esoteric things. 

Apparently, according to CareerBuilder: Continue reading WANT TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS? TRY WEARING BLACK

What if Disney Princesses were tattooed and pierced?


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Disney Princess Tattoos
Disney Princess Tattoos

Disney Princesses have inspired many fantasies, for girls and boys alike.

Girls, because they want to be just as glamorous, rich, desired… and more recently, smart and self-sufficient.   

Web Watch has covered the Disney Princess phenomenon in the past, from both a business and a fantasy viewpoint (Briana Garcia and her Funny Disney Princesses being a popular page here on Web Watch).

So why do boys like the Disney Princesses?  Because let’s face it — in the right circumstance, Disney Princesses can be hot.  Heck, how can you explain why seven dwarves fought over Snow White? Continue reading WHAT IF DISNEY PRINCESSES WERE TATTOOED AND PIERCED?