Friday, May 02, 2008

Cool Widgets

OK, I'm still sitting here in the lobby at the Westin Reston. It's 3:30 and Mandy should be arriving any minute now. But in the meantime I think I'll post some interesting things I've discovered whilst playing around with my free internet access here.

I promise this entry won't be as long (or as boring) as the entry below, recounting my whole travel experience.

Add Larry Short Blog to your favorites by clicking here!

Cool new widgets out there on the internet -- first this cool new "Bookmark" button, which you can see above, and also find on the right, just below the "About Me" box (which, by the way, I realize I should tighten up a bit!).

I saw this cool button in action on a blog I was reading while sitting here, the "Candid Christian" blog. Which I really enjoyed, by the way! Nice job, whoever that Candid Christian guy is. Great testimony. Reminded me a lot of my own. Nice to meet someone else who discovered Jesus at a very early, then rediscovered Him later, after wandering a bit, who has a dramatic story of how the love of Christ has impacted his life. That's me, man. Jesus is more real to me today that ever before, and than I could ever describe. I'm, so far away from perfect I don't even want to go into it. But the amazing mercy and grace of God is the best thing in my life, for sure.

Anyway, I'm wandering again. I saw that "Bookmark" button on his blog, and figured out how to steal it and put it on my own. Try it! You'll like it. You can easily use this to put a link to my shamelessly self-promoting blog on your own Favorites, MySpace, Facebook, Digg, Redditt, Furl, Google or Yahoo favorites, however you organize and promote and try to remember your favorite links.

And if you click on it you'll discover a clever way to get this technology on your own blog.

OK, that's useful, but this next thing is truly useful. Have you ever wondered how long you would survive in the vacuum of space? No one's ever tried it, of course. But now, believe it or not, using the wonderful technology of the web, you cann calculate how long you would last in the vacuum of space.

For me, it's about one minute and 35 seconds before my veins would implode and my heart would stop beating. Gratefully, by this time (actually after only about 15 seconds) I would be unconscious. Which I would probably be grateful for, since the moisture in my eyes and mouth would have already boiled off into the vacuum of space. Which is probably at least as unpleasant as it sounds.

OK, the widget follows. Click on it to calculate how long YOU could survive in the vacuum of space. By the way, here's an important hit: If you hold your breath you'll last longer ... but expelling the air out of your lungs first you avoid pulmonary trauma to your lungs. I guess it speaks to quality vs. quantity of life. Good to know.

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
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We'll see how long it takes Mandy to get here. Maybe I'll be able to find something else to entertain myself with.

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