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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

AnsaThat finds its answer

By Randy A. Salas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A little more than a month ago, I wrote about AnsaThat (www.ansathat.com), a quirky new website that I noted was embarking on a yearlong quest to produce a daily Internet TV show about trivial things. So imagine my surprise when site founder and program host James Black e-mailed me recently to say that his experiment had ended successfully and that the show was on hiatus. What?

How AnsaThat began

AnsaThat was conceived, as Black says in each installment's intro, as "the place where you ask the questions and we find the answers." Each five-minute webisode shows him traveling the globe to reveal things such as how long it takes to count 1 million coins, how much lipstick the average woman eats in her life and whether the concrete used to build the Hoover Dam has set yet.

But the fun ended — temporarily, I hope — last Monday with a 53-minute compilation "made especially for AnsaThat viewers to decide if we should keep on making more."

Besides coverage in Web Search, AnsaThat was featured by a variety of media outlets, culminating recently with an article in the Chicago Tribune and the selection of Black as the Web Celeb of the Week by Britain's BBC Radio One. Those were the final things Black needed to dub his experiment a success.

Power to the 'ordinary Joe'

"The idea was simple," Black explained. "Could an individual create a successful daily Internet TV show with little experience, no filming skills, minimal presentation skills, no editing skills, basic computer skills, etc. — in other words, the average Joe? Could this individual then find success in both the UK and the USA within 50 days?"

AnsaThat operated under these parameters:

• It couldn't use YouTube.

• Its presenter — the affable Black, a former print journalist whose catch phrase "easy-peasy" greeted each viewer challenge — was the "wrong demographic."

• Its content was trivial — literally.

• It had no promotional budget.

• It used basic equipment.

Viewers flocked to the show in numbers that Black compared to the audience for a lower-level cable-TV show or a local newspaper.

"Any 'ordinary Joe' can now become their own TV network for less investment than the purchase of a typical big-screen TV," Black concluded.

Site's future is uncertain

Black says he's busy now setting up an Internet TV company, the details of which he plans to announce soon.

Meanwhile, AnsaThat has become so popular that he's looking for ways to continue the daily trivia show with new presenters, which he has solicited on the website. In fact, he says, he has been inundated with offers from around the world to host, film and edit the show.

"I am quite overwhelmed at the response and really have stomach turns when I think about what I created in such a short period of time," he said.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.



Previously:

On top of the world
Another day, another dollar
Prank you very much
How much is enough?
Sound off
Readers have questions, concerns
Quick, give me a word
Driving you crazy
The joy of Bob Ross
Online goes prime time
You don't need to know this
Remembering the creator of Scooby-Doo
Do-it-yourself art
‘Leave me alone!’
Special deliveries
Weight-loss journeys
Daily routines
Working without a map
Just you watch!
New year, new diet
Your mail answered
Chatting: Central characters
Wonders never cease
Secret messages
For your consideration
Freaky food forays
Best of 2006 online
Missed marketing
H.G. Wells’ legacy endures
A quest for dragons
E-mails you've sent
In the news
It's free!
Websites that help you find books that are right for you
Coping with illness
Some serious face time
Some serious face time
In reply to your e-mail ...
Turn your handwriting into a computer-based font that will allow you to churn out homespun greetings
Music for everyone
'Elusive planet' can be viewed clearly from Earth with the naked eye
Central characters
E-mail @ 35
Idle chatter
Funny money
Classic artwork in motion
For an unusual Thanksgiving
Your slip is showing
Best of the worst
Test your mind power
Remain anonymous

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